Felicity Belton

Research Associate, Law Reform & Public Policy Research Group
Room 304, 10 The Square, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ
(0141 330) 7564


PhD Topic

'Gendered Violence and Human Rights Law: Forced Marriage in the Twenty First Century'


Professor Jim Murdoch
Professor Jane Mair

Felicity was originally admitted as a solicitor in Scotland and practiced in criminal law for twelve years. She then relocated to Queensland, Australia and after being admitted as a solicitor there, spent five years practicing in civil litigation and immigration law. Thereafter, she taught Legal Studies for nine years, also serving on the Queensland National Examination Panel.

Felicity attained an LL.B at Strathclyde University, later completing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Forensic Medicine at the University of Glasgow. In Australia, she completed a B.Ed. (Legal Studies). Thereafter she obtained an LL.M (Criminology) (Distinction) from Queensland University of Technology in 2013.

Felicity’s doctoral research continues and expands her LL.M research on human trafficking and forced / servile marriage, focusing on national and international legal approaches to the phenomenon of forced marriage.


Forced / Servile Marriages; Religion,Culture and Human Rights; Trafficking; Criminal Law; Family Law; Legal Education

2017 – 2018      Graduate Teaching Assistant,Law Reform & Public Policy Research Group, School of Law, University of Glasgow

  • Introduction to Legal Study
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Property Law
  • Access to Law -Criminal Law & Family Law

2015 – 2017      Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Glasgow

  • Family Law
  • Legal Profession and Legal Ethics

2015 – 2017      Affiliate Tutor, Access to Law, University of Glasgow

  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law                                                                                                                       

2015- 2017        Law Lecturer, Edinburgh College

  • Scots Law: An Introduction
  • Law of Contract: An Introduction
  • Property Law: An Introduction
  • Market Operations and the Scottish Economy
  • Business Law: An Introduction
  • Business Contractual Relationships
  • Company Law: An Introduction
  • Scots Private Law

2007 - 2014      Member of Queensland Studies Authority Exam Panel (Legal Studies)

2006 - 2014      Senior Legal Studies Teacher, Education Queensland, Australia

2015   Third place, Postgraduate Research Poster Competition 2015/16 – University of Glasgow School of Law

2012 - 2013   QUT Master of Laws Equity Scholarship – Queensland University of Technology


Conference Papers
  • Some Thoughts on Marriage in the Context of Sadovska’

Invited speaker, Issues on Marriage & Divorce, University of Glasgow, 11th December 2017 

  •  ‘Seen and Unseen Victims: Forced Marriage and the Importance of Intersectionality’

 Invited speaker, Reblaw Conference, University of Glasgow 11th November 2017

  • ‘If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It: Ratification of the Istanbul Convention and the Divergent Positions of Scotland and England regarding Forced Marriage’

Devolved Nations and International Law, June 2017, Bangor University 

  • ‘Defending the Individual Rights of Forced Marriage Victims in International Human Rights Law’

Durham Annual PGR Law Conference: HRC, CELLS & LGJ ‘Defending Individual Rights’  May 2017, University of Durham 

  • ‘Forced Marriage: a More Effective Approach within International Human Rights Law’

Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference, April 2017,University of Newcastle

  • ‘Forced Marriage: Beware the Stereotype’

Invited speaker, Humanist Society of Scotland Celebrants Conference 26th February 2017        

  • 'Intersectionality and Responses to Forced Marriage'

University of Strathclyde Postgraduate Conference, ‘Visualising the Law’, October 2016 

  • 'Forced Marriage in Scotland: Stalled at the Intersection?'

Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference, April 2016, University of Lancaster 

Poster Submission

'Gendered Violence and Human Rights Law: Forced Marriage in the Twenty First Century' 

Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference, April 2016 

Felicity receives an annual contribution from the Clark Foundation for Legal Education