Lesley-Anne Barnes Macfarlane

lesley anne barnes macfarlane

Dr Lesley-Anne Barnes Macfarlane

Lecturer

Biography

LLB (Hons) 1st class
Dip LP (Dist)
Solicitor
PGCE (THLE)
LLM (Research)
PhD

Lesley-Anne is lecturer in Child and Family Law and the Law of Evidence.

Her research interests lie in the fields of Child and Family Law, Private Law and Children's Rights. Among her most recent publications is her report, 'Balancing the Rights of Parents and Children', commissioned by the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the current Children (Scotland) Bill. Report (74 pages) and Report Summary (5 Pages) available here:

https://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/112969.aspx

Other recent published work includes: 'UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Best Interests, Welfare and Well-being', eds. Sutherland EE & Barnes Macfarlane L-A, Cambridge University Press (2016); 'Patrick v Patrick and Re a letter to a Young Person: judicial letters to children - an unannounced, but not an unwelcome, development', Edin LR 2018, 22 (1) 101-107; 'Rethinking childhood contributory negligence: ''blame'', ''fault'', but what about Children's Rights?', Jur Rev 2018, 2, 75-97; a series of articles on Family Law reform for the Scots Law Times (2020).

Before joining Edinburgh Napier University, Lesley-Anne practised as a solicitor. She was an Associate with MHD Law, Edinburgh, regularly representing children and adults in court. She has been accredited as a Lawyer-Mediator and her experience as a Child Welfare Reporter and Curator ad Litem in complex family proceedings informs her research.

She currently sits on the University's Early Career Researchers Working Group. From 2013-2015 she sat on the Faculty Academic Strategy and Enhancement Committee ('FASEC'). She has won various teaching ‘Excellence Awards’ (ENUBS won ‘Best Tutor’ & short-listed ‘Best Feedback’ award, 2014; won University-wide ‘Best Feedback’ award & shortlisted ‘Most Innovative Tutor', 2015; shortlisted ‘Best Tutor', 2016).

Lesley-Anne's research activities have been supported by the Clark Foundation for Legal Education, the RSE, the Scottish Parliament, the Faculty of Advocates and the Law Society of Scotland. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the International Society of Family Lawyers and the Society of Legal Scholars.

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Law Society of Scotland Practising Certificate Committee Member: 2014-17

 

Conference Activity

  • University of Cambridge, Colloquium on Rights of Child (UNCRC, Art 5): July 2019
  • RSE-funded workshop series: co-organiser / chair 2019
  • Co-Organiser and Co-Chair: 2015 Colloquium on the Rights of the Child Implementation Project (CRC-IP), Edinburgh, ‘Doing the ‘Best’ for Children: Best interests, Welfare and Well-Being’
  • Invited speaker: Royal College of Psychiatrists Child & Adolescent Faculty Conference, 2015
  • Presented paper at expert Children's Rights [Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 2014]
  • Clark Foundation, Faculty of Advocates, Law Society of Scotland support / Awards: Conference, 2015

 

Editorial Activity

  • Division Head of Greens Annotated Social Work Statutes for Children and Childcare 2008-10
  • Editor of the Child Law Sections of Butterworths Scottish Family Law Service 2005-10

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner, University of Glasgow (Family Law: LLB / Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice) 2015 - 19

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Scottish Parliament award: Balancing the rights parents and children (report) (£4,872) 2019
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh, with Dr Richard Whitecross, Funding award for Child and Family Law workshop project (£9,400): 2018-19
  • (with Professor EE Sutherland) Funding and support from the Clark Foundation for Legal Education (£3,015), the Faculty of Advocates and the Law Society of Scotland for organisation of Convention on the Rights of the Child Implementation Project Colloquium 2015
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy: 2011 -
  • Edinburgh Napier University internal research grant (£2,000): 2011-12
  • Edinburgh Napier University grant to research/write peer-reviewed article (£2,000): 2010
  • Funding Award: Clark Foundation for Legal Education (£3,700): 2008
  • Edinburgh Napier University internal funding award towards writing peer-reviewed outputs (£2000): 2008

 

Invited Speaker

  • Children's Rights Colloquium Cambridge University (July 2019)
  • Invited Expert: Convention on the Rights of the Child Colloquium, Stellenbosch University, March 2014

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • International Society of Family Lawyers
  • Family Law Academic Network
  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child Implementation Project ('CRC-IP')

 

Non-executive Directorship

  • Scottish Child Law Centre Board of Trustees, Board Member: 2007-10

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Commissioned by Justice Committee of Scottish Parliament to report / present to committee on Children (S) Bill
  • Served as Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children bedtime reader (volunteer): 2005-10

 

Reviewing

  • Peer-review, forthcoming, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law
  • Peer Reviewer (Juridical Review)
  • Peer Reviewer (25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Leiden University publication )

 

Date


48 results

A critical evaluation of the rights, status and capacity of distinct categories of Individuals in underdeveloped and emerging areas of law

Thesis
Macfarlane, L. B. (2014)
A critical evaluation of the rights, status and capacity of distinct categories of Individuals in underdeveloped and emerging areas of law. (Thesis). Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/7249
The aim of this thesis is to demonstrate how my research promotes knowledge exchange about my overarching research theme: the rights, status and capacity of distinct categorie...

F v F: MMR vaccine - welfare need or welfare norm?

Journal Article
Macfarlane, L. B. (2014)
F v F: MMR vaccine - welfare need or welfare norm?. Edinburgh Law Review, 18, 284-289. https://doi.org/10.3366/elr.2014.0214
Notwithstanding extensive media coverage and commentary, the recent judgment of the High Court Family Division in F v F1 is not one that tells us very much about children’s ri...

Observations on the operation of Article 6 of the CRC in Scotland

Presentation / Conference
Macfarlane, L. (2014, March)
Observations on the operation of Article 6 of the CRC in Scotland. Paper presented at Colloquium on the Rights of the Child
No abstract available.

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill.

Journal Article
Macfarlane, L. B. (2013)
The Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill. Scottish Parliamentary Review, 1, 151-161

Douglas v Duke of Hamilton.

Book
Macfarlane, L. B. (2012)
Douglas v Duke of Hamilton. In J. P. Grant, & E. E. Sutherland (Eds.), Pronounced for doom: Scots Law Tales IIAvizandrum

Family law.

Book
Macfarlane, L. B. (2011)
Family law. In M. A. Mulhern (Ed.), The LawJohn Donald

Children and contributory negligence.

Journal Article
Macfarlane, L. B. (2009)
Children and contributory negligence. Juridicial Review, 3, (195-215

Greens Annotated Social Work Statutes: Division Head 2008-2010

Other
Macfarlane, L. (2010)
Greens Annotated Social Work Statutes: Division Head 2008-2010
No abstract available.

An overview of changing legislaiton for Additional Support Needs

Presentation / Conference
Macfarlane, L. (2010, January)
An overview of changing legislaiton for Additional Support Needs. Paper presented at Additional Support Needs Conference: CLT
No abstract available.

Parents' and Pupils' Rights

Presentation / Conference
Macfarlane, L. (2009, September)
Parents' and Pupils' Rights. Paper presented at Education Law for Teachers: CLT conference
No abstract available.

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