Alison Diduck

Alison Diduck

Vice-Dean (Staffing), Professor of Law

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Alison Diduck joined the Faculty in September 2003 from Brunel University and was promoted to Professor of Law in 2008. Previous to that, from 1989 – 1992, she was Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Manitoba in Canada and from 1984 to 1992 practised as Barrister and Solicitor in Winnipeg, Canada.

Alison’s research interests are in the field of Child and Family Law, Legal Theory, gender issues and feminist perspectives in law and Legal History. She is currently on the editorial board and is Reviews Editor of The International Journal of Law in Context, and is the Co-Chairperson of the UK Advisory Board of the AHRC Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality.



Currently, Alison’s main research areas are as follows:

  • feminist perspectives on law’s treatment of personal and social relationships
  • social and legal regulation of families and family obligations

View Alison’s research profile on the UCL IRIS website



Alison has published on the legal treatment of motherhood, families and children, on legal regulation of family forms, family property issues, and family care responsibilities, on feminist approaches to understanding legal personality and legal obligation and on socio-legal, and historical perspectives on family and gender issues.

Her work appears in publications such as the Modern Law Review,Journal of Law and Society, the University of British Columbia Law Review, Social and Legal Studies, the Canadian Journal of Lawand Society, Feminist Legal Studies, Recht en Kritiek and the Manitoba Law Journal as well as in a number of edited collections, including specialist collections such as Law and Families, part of the International Library of Essays in Law and Society and general collections such as Current Legal Problems.

She is the author of Law’s Families (Butterworths Law in Context 2003), is co-author, with Felicty Kaganas, of Family Law, Gender and the State (Hart, 1st ed 1999 and 2nd ed 2006), and is co-editor, with Katherine O’Donovan, of Feminist Perspectives on Family Law(Routledge-Cavendish 2006)


Current Teaching

Introduction to Law
Family Law

Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
Family, Law and Society: Current Legal Issues
Gender, Law and the State: Current Legal Issues

MA Gender Studies, Core Course


PhD Supervision
Alison Diduck welcomes approaches from prospective doctoral students in her areas of interest. She is currently supervising PhD students researching the following theses:

  • Constitutionalism and Cultural Diversity
  • Terms of Engagement: Religion, Law and the Public Square – considerations for Muslim Contexts
  • A Feminist Analysis of the European Court of Human Rights