Speaker’s profile 

Professor Peter McEleavy

Associate Dean (International) and Professor of Law, University of Dundee

A barrister and leading expert on family aspects of private international law, Peter McEleavy’s research has been relied upon by leading courts globally, and in recent years has regularly been cited in proceedings of the Court of Justice of the European Union. Peter is regularly called upon to advise on contentious aspects of law reform: the Europeanisation of child abduction rules (Lord Chancellor's Department, 2002); the implementation of the 1996 Hague Convention on the Protection of Children (Ministry of Justice, 2009/10, 2012); and the introduction of same-sex marriage (States of Guernsey, 2015). From 2009 – 2016 he was a member of the team of editors of the leading private international law text: Dicey, Morris & Collins on the Conflict of Laws. In 2015 he joined the European Group for Private International Law. 

Peter took up his chair in international family law in February 2006. Before joining Dundee Law School he had been at the University of Aberdeen for 5 years, first as a lecturer and then senior lecturer, and had previously lectured at the London School of Economics and the University of Angers, in France. 

Called to the bars of England & Wales and Northern Ireland in 1999, Peter is a tenant at 1 Garden Court, one of the foremost family law barristers’ chambers in London. In 2012 he gave evidence to the Irish High Court and advised the Irish Health Service Executive on the operation of the Brussels IIa Regulation in litigation which culminated in an urgent preliminary ruling application to the Court of Justice of the European Union: Case C-92/12 PPU Health Service Executive v SC [2012] 2 F.L.R. 1040. 

Peter lectures widely on family aspects of private international law and has regularly been involved in judicial training, most notably for the TAIEX Office of the European Commission.