Private International Law

Dundee Law School has an international reputation for research in the field of Private International Law through the work of McEleavy and Fiorini.  They are joined in the field by two doctoral students, the recipients of the Law School’s Scymgeour Doctoral Scholarships in 2013.

McEleavy’s work is centred on international family law.  His own doctoral research on the 1980 Hague Convention on International Child Abduction, which was published in an OUP monograph in 1999 (with P. Beaumont), has been extremely influential in the interpretation of the instrument and has been cited by courts worldwide.

McEleavy is co-author of the foremost Scottish on the subject: Anton’s Private International Law and a specialist editor of the pre-eminent English text: Dicey, Morris and Collins on the Conflict of Laws, 15th ed.  He has served as a consultant to the UK government on international family law matters and has also acted as an expert to the Council of Europe.

Fiorini’s work covers all aspects of private international law.  She is particularly interested in issues at the interface of public and private international law, the dichotomy of private international law methods and tools in the civilian and common law traditions and in the forms and consequences of the Europeanization of private international law.  She has undertaken research for the European Parliament on how future EU rules on family law should be developed. In 2013 she was instructed by the European Commission to advise the government of Montenegro on how to translate the EU civil law acquis into Montenegrin legislation.  

McEleavy and Fiorini have both acted as experts to both the European Commission (TAIEX Office) and the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

Key Publications

2012 P. McEleavy, Dicey, Morris & Collins on the Conflict of Laws, 15th ed., General Editor Lord Collins of Mapesbury, Sweet & Maxwell, London; Chapters 6, 19-21

2011 P. McEleavy, Private International Law with P. Beaumont, 3rd edition, SULI, W. Green, Edinburgh, Chapters 3,4,5,7,11,14 (non-Rome II rules only), 15-20

1999 P. McEleavy, The Hague Convention on International Child Abduction with P. Beaumont, Oxford Monographs in Private International Law, Oxford University Press, Oxford ISBN: 9780198260646

2012 A. Fiorini, "Habitual Residence and the Newborn - A French Perspective" in International and Comparative Law Quarterly 61(2), pp. 530-540

2008 A. Fiorini, "Rome III - A Step Too Far in the Europeanisation of Private International Law?" in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 22/2, pp. 178-205