Dr Philip Bremner

Personal profile

Philip is a senior lecturer in the Department of Law and Criminology. His research interests focus on comparative family and property law. Philip undertook a socio-legal, empirical PhD at the University of Exeter under the supervision of Professor Anne Barlow on the legal recognition of gay and lesbian co-parenting arrangements following assisted reproduction. His subsequent research has focused on family formation through surrogacy and other aspects of LGBTQ+ families. Philip is interested in examining the ways in which the law recognises diverse families including through the birth registration system and the effect of intimate relationships on property rights.


Philip is currently working on a project examining the significance of gender in the context of legal parenthood. This project explores the ways in which legal and bureaucratic processes require a particular gendered conception of parenthood, for example, in relation to birth registration. Philip is also involved in a project examining the property consequences of forming intimate cohabiting relationships. The project considers the extent to which concepts from land law and equity are capable of achieving fair outcomes in the context of non-martial cohabitation in the absence of statutory intervention.

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