Corlene Spoelstra



PhD Topic

The Europeanisation of International Private Law: Implications of Brexit for Children and Families in Scotland


Professor Janeen Carruthers
Professor Jane Mair


Corlene attained her B.A in Psychology and Law in 2008 and her LL.B in 2010 from the North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa.  In 2012 she completed her LL.M in Comparative Child Law at the North-West University in South Africa and the Justus Liebig Universität in Giessen, Germany. 

After working as part-time lecturer at the North-West University, Corlene proceeded to do her articles of clerkship in 2014 at the Law Clinic of the University of the Witwatersrand and is an admitted attorney and a certified court-annexed mediator in South Africa.  After completion of her articles, she has resumed part-time lecturing both at the North-West University and Monash University South Africa. 

She has also held the position of online teaching assistant for South Africa’s largest distance learning university, The University of South Africa (UNISA), for the past six years.  Corlene has commenced her Ph.D studies at the University of Glasgow in October 2018, after being awarded a scholarship for research on Brexit and International Family Law.

Research Interests

Family Law, Child Law, International Law, Human Rights Law, Cultural Expertise as it applies to legal issues, Legal Education


  • Introduction to (South African) Law
  • Family Law
  • Law of Delict
  • Jurisprudence
  • Constitutional Law
  • Human Rights Law


University of Glasgow College of Social Sciences PhD Scholarship


Journal Article

“The limitation of the educator’s right to strike by the child’s right to basic education” in Southern African Public Law, vol 27(2), 2012 


Conference Paper

“The role of law clinics in assisting with the development of students’ practical legal skills” at the Legal Education Conference in South Africa, 1-2 March 2018, hosted by Monash University South Africa and the Law Society of South Africa