Patrick Ford

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Dr. Patrick Ford is a Lecturer in Law and member of the School's Charity Law Research Unit. He is a solicitor, Writer to the Signet and member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and was in private practice for fifteen years, specialising in trust law and tax planning. He joined the School in 1994 to pursue doctoral research in charity law, submitting a thesis entitled Scottish Public Trusts and Public Associations: Definition, Form and Reform. He has been teaching at the School since 1995, and holds a Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education.

As a member of the Charity Law Research Unit he has contributed to proposals for the reform of charity and trust law in Scotland. He served on the Scottish Executive's Bill Reference Group for the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 and on the Scottish Government’s working group for the Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation.


Undergraduate:- Law and Society; Justice, Law & Human Rights; Human Rights

Postgraduate:- Understanding Human Rights

Patrick Ford offers postgraduate supervision in the fields of trust and charity law, legal theory and human rights. He is director of the School’s LLM in Human Rights.


Recent research and publications have focused on charity law reform in Scotland, examining reform proposals and enacted legislation in the light of non-profit law in other jurisdictions, both Anglo-American and Civilian. Ongoing research will monitor implementation of the new charities legislation in Scotland and compare the impact of parallel reforms in England and Wales and elsewhere, and will also look more broadly at the interplay between voluntary action and state regulation in the context of civil society. Recent and current projects involve close collaboration with Stuart Cross of the School's Charity Law Research Unit.


Ford, P 2011,

Third Sector Regulation in Post-devolution Scotland: Kilting the Charity Cuckoo. in SD Phillips & S Rathgeb Smith (eds), Governance and Regulation of the Third Sector: International Perspectives . Routledge Studies in the Management of Voluntary and Non-profit Organisations, Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 69-98.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology

Cross, S & Ford, P 2010,

Charities: Reissue. in NR Whitty (ed.), The Laws of Scotland : Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia . vol. 2, Lexis Nexis/Law Society of Scotland, Edinburgh, pp. 1-184 (Ford, 3-20, 53-97, 125-130, 156-184 .

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology

Breen, O, Ford, P & Morgan, G 2009,

'Cross-Border Issues in the Regulation of Charities: Experiences from the UK and Ireland' International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law , vol 11, no. 3, pp. 5-41 (Ford 13-18, 30-36).

Research output: Contribution To Journal

Ford, P 2008,

'A statute of unintended consequences? The impact of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 on non-Scottish charities operating in Scotland' Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, vol 59, no. 2, pp. 201-222.

Research output: Contribution To Journal

Ford, P 2007,

'The Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005: a stakeholder assessment' Juridical Review: the Law Journal of the Scottish Universities, no. 3, pp. 179-219.

Research output: Contribution To Journal

Ford, P 2006,

'Supervising charities: a Scottish-civilian alternative' Edinburgh Law Review, vol 10, no. 3, pp. 352-385. DOI:

Research output: Contribution To Journal

Cross, S & Ford, P 2006,

Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. W. Green, Edinburgh.

Research output: Book Anthology

Ford, P 2005,

'The Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill: falling between two stools?' King's College Law Journal, vol 16, no. 1, pp. 1-28.

Research output: Contribution To Journal

Ford, P 2004,

'The Scottish charity test: do we really need it?' Edinburgh Law Review, vol 8, no. 3, pp. 408-414. DOI:

Research output: Contribution To Journal

Ford, P 2000,

'Common investment funds: why are Scottish charities excluded?' Scottish Law & Practice Quarterly, vol 5, no. 3, pp. 269-288.

Research output: Contribution To Journal

Ford, P 2000,

Public benefit versus charity: a Scottish perspective. in C Mitchell & SR Moody (eds), The foundations of charity. Hart Publishing, pp. 205-248.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology

Dobson, AB & Ford, P 1996,

Taxation. in CR Barker, PJ Ford, SR Moody & RC Elliot (eds), Charity law in Scotland. W. Green, pp. 149-175.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology

Ford, P 1996,

Charitable trusts. in CR Barker, PJ Ford, SR Moody & RC Elliot (eds), Charity law in Scotland. W. Green, pp. 43-83.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology

Ford, P 1996,

Regulatory powers under the 1990 Act. in CR Barker, PJ Ford, SR Moody & RC Elliot (eds), Charity law in Scotland. W. Green, pp. 102-121.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology

Barker, CR, Ford, PJ, Moody, SR & Elliot, RC (eds) 1996,

Charity law in Scotland. W. Green, Edinburgh.

Research output: Book Anthology


'Young thinker' title for law lecturer Kirsteen

  • Published: 17/11/2011
  • Press clipping: Research

A Lecturer in Law at the University of Dundee has been named Scotland and Northern Ireland Young Thinker of the Year for 2011 for her ideas on how to 'rethink the recession'. Kirsteen Shields (28), originally from Glasgow, was awarded the title by the Young Scotland and Northern Ireland Programme, the organisation founded by the journalist Kenneth Roy. Kirsteen's pre…

Young Scientist Award for Dundee medical student

  • Published: 19/09/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

A final year medical student from the University of Dundee has received a Young Scientist Award at a prestigious medical conference in recognition of her outstanding work on the impact of antibiotic resistance worldwide and its implications for pneumonia patients. The European Respiratory Society made the award to Catriona Rother (24), originally from Edinburgh, at t…

Yes and No voters more alike than they might think, claims study

  • Published: 25/03/2015
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Will the oil price continue to fall?

  • Published: 10/01/2016
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Live interview on RT-TV Current News Today (Russian Television) "Will the oil price continue to fall?"

Will 2013 be seen as the international Year of Water law Cooperation?

  • Published: 02/07/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

2013 – the UN Year of Water Cooperation – is a big year for international water law. The UN Watercourses Convention, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1997, may well enter into force before 2014 – only five additional ratifications are required. In addition, the amendment to the UNECE Helsinki Convention, which would allow non-UNECE States to join, is likely to b…

Why you should make plans for digital death

  • Published: 13/02/2011
  • Press clipping: Research

The Sunday Post. Quotes from me appar in the 2/3 page article.

Why has oil gone under $50 per barrel?

  • Published: 21/08/2015
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Live interview on RT-TV Current News Today (Russian Television) "Why has oil gone under $50 per barrel?"  

Why crowds are good for you

  • Published: 18/10/2012
  • Press clipping: Research

Participation is important for well-being, according to scientists Being stuck in a crowd of a million people doesn’t sound like much fun, but according to the latest research, being with others - even during difficult conditions - can actually be good for well-being. The study, into the biggest religious festival on earth, the Magh Mela, suggests that participation …

WHO status for dental school unit

  • Published: 01/11/2004
  • Press clipping: Research

The Unit of Dental and Oral Health and Health Psychology at the Dental School has been designated a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Public Health Issues on Congenital Anomalies and Technology Transfer. Professor Peter Mossey, has been appointed Head of the Centre. Since his arrival at the University in 1994, Peter has established a track reco…

What happens to a couple's digital life after break up?

  • Published: 24/02/2016
  • Press clipping: Research

During a romantic relationship, a couple is likely to create, accumulate and share many digital possessions such as videos, photos, chat histories, and shared accounts like Netflix. These digital possessions can cue precious memories, but if the relationship ends these possessions don't just disappear, they need to be dealt with in some way.  

WATCH: Stephen Fry congratulates Dundee academics for awards victories

  • Published: 13/01/2017
  • Press clipping: Research by Ciaran Sneddon January 13 2017, 3.25pm Updated: January 13 2017, 12.15pm Stephen Fry said he hopes to visit Dundee this year as he praised university academics for helping transform lives in Scotland and across the world. The writer and broad…

Vitamin D shown not to lower blood pressure in older adults with high blood pressure

  • Published: 12/08/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

Treatment with Vitamin D does not help reduce high blood pressure in older people, a new study from the University of Dundee has shown. Researchers in the School of Medicine examined the effects of Vitamin D supplements provided to patients aged 70 and over who had isolated systolic hypertension - the most common type of high blood pressure among older people. Previo…

Visitors to the Botanic Gardens can also now enjoy a science lesson, thanks to a new genetics garden.

  • Published: 29/10/2013
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Article and photo in The Courier

Viewpoint: A Macroscopic Tractor Beam with Acoustic Waves

  • Published: 30/04/2014
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Among the many examples of how science fiction and fantasy have inspired real science, an interesting one is the “tractor beam,” first conceived by the chemical engineer and writer Edward E. Smith in the 1930s in his novel Spacehounds of IPC. Smith’s hypothetical device was a beam capable of pulling any macroscopic object from a distance. In the case of a light beam,…

UUJ thank Professor

  • Published: 01/09/2014
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RTPI Northern Ireland PlaNIt

Utilización de floúr y decir adiós a los azúcares es el camino contra las caries (Using Fluoride and saying goodbye to sugar to protect against cavities)

  • Published: 09/04/2014
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La odontopediatra y especialista en Cariologia del Reino Unido, doctora Nicola Innes, fue invitada por la Facultad de Odontologia de la Ufro para dictar dos conferencias. (The pediatric dentist and specialist in the UK, Dr Nicola Innes, was invited by the Faculty of Dentistry of UFRO to deliver two lectures.)

Uptake of Smoking During Transition to Adulthood

  • Published: 21/04/2008
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Resaearch to explore the reasons why young people start smoking

Unnecessary ward moves - bad for patients, bad for healthcare systems

  • Published: 29/07/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

Unnecessary ward moves are becoming increasingly common and have adverse consequences both for patients and for hospitals, according to researchers from the University of Dundee. Professor Marion McMurdo and Dr Miles Witham have drawn attention to the practice of 'boarding' patients - moving individuals from their own base specialty ward to other wards to accommodate…

University of Dundee researcher awarded £1.9M to combat Parkinson's disease

  • Published: 16/07/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

A scientist at the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) at the University of Dundee has been awarded almost £1.9M from the Wellcome Trust to investigate the causes of Parkinson's disease. Dr Miratul Muqit has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Clinical Science to undertake research over the next 5…