Staff Profile


Ms Ellen Gordon-Bouvier

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923802

Profile summary

I graduated from the University of Leeds with an LLB and from Queens' College, Cambridge with an LLM.  In 2008, I qualified as a solcitirom having undertaken my training at a leading regional commercial firm. I then practised in the area of family law for four years at a London civil liberties firm. 

I made the move to academia in 2012, teaching firstly at City University London and then joining Canterbury Christ Church in September 2013.  I have taught on various modules since I joined and I am currently the module convenor for Property Law and Family Law.  I am also a seminar leader for the Equity and Trusts module. 

I commenced my PhD studies in 2013 at the University of Birmingham, where I am supervised by Professor Rosie Harding and Dr Tatiana Cutts.  My research focuses on domestic property disputes following the breakdown of unmarried relationships.  In my thesis, I propose the adoption of a vulnerability perspective in order to provide a theoretical framework through which these disputes can be viewed.  As well as my doctoral research, I have a broad interest in family law and access to justice, particularly in light of the recent cuts to public funding.  I am actively involved in the University's CLOCK access to justice project whereby students act as lay companions to unrepresented litigants.  I am also currently involved in a University-funded research project that examines the destinations of law graduates. 

In 2016, I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Publications and research outputs

'The role of relationship in co-ownership disputes' Presented at the Modern Studies in Property Law PGR Conference at the University of Liverpool in April 2014

'The role of intention in cohabitee disputes' Presented at the Society of Legal Scholars conference at the University of York in September 2015

'Vulnerability theory in property disputes' Presented at the Research Knowledge Exchange day at Canterbury Christ Church University in September 2015


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