Ms Felicity Belton

  • Lecturer in Private Law (School of Law)
  • Affiliate - Tutor (External Relations)


Felicity is a lecturer at the School of Law and teaches mainly in the areas of family and criminal law. She is currently writing up her doctoral theses: ‘Forced Marriage and Scots Law: The Domestic Relationship with International Obligations’ This continues and expands her LL.M research, focusing on national and international legal approaches to the phenomenon of forced marriage.

She is also pursuing research projects in relation to academic games and pre-tertiary legal education.

Felicity was originally admitted as a solicitor in Scotland and practiced in criminal law.Later she relocated to Queensland, Australia and, after being admitted as a solicitor there, practiced in civil litigation and immigration law. She then taught Legal Studies, also serving on the Queensland National Examination Panel. After returning to Scotland she lectured in law at Edinburgh College. Thereafter, Felicity was a Research and Teaching Associate with the Law Reform & Public Policy Research Group, School of Law, University of Glasgow for nearly three years.

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) (USQ) and then an LL.M (Distinction) from Queensland University of Technology. 

Research interests

Forced Marriage;

Belief Marriages;



Legal Games;

Pre-Tertiary Legal Education;

Access to Legal Education.


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Belton, F. (2018) Case Comment. Sadovska v Secretary of State for the Home Department: an inconvenience for the Home Office. Juridical Review, 2018(2), pp. 140-145.

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Co-Investigator, ‘Lawful Gaming Project’ – University of Glasgow School of Law – with Professor Jane Mair (as Principal Investigator) and Dr Frankie McCarthy (as Co-Investigator), funds awarded by Economic and Social Research Council, October 2018 – March 2019

(As above) Economic and Social Research Council Follow-on Fund (Community Engagement), July 2019 – September 2019


  • Gaw, Cameron
    Restorative Justice & Family Abuse: Extending a Socio-Legal Approach to Cases of Forced Marriage in Scotland


2020 - 2021

Family Law (Level 1)

Issues of Family Law (Level 4)

Children's Rights (Level 3)

Criminal Law & Evidence (Level 1)

Criminal Law of England & Wales (Level 1)

Introduction to Legal Study (Level 1)


2017 – 2020

Family Law (Level1)

Property Trusts & Succession (level 2)

Criminal Law and Evidence (Level 1)

Introduction to Legal Study (Level 1)

Access to Law - Criminal Law & Family Law


2015 – 2017 

Family Law (Level 1)

Legal Profession and Legal Ethics (Level 1)

Access to Law -Family Law

Access to 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 I

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

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

Senior Legal Studies (‘A’ level equivalent) –
Australian Legal Systems, Criminal Law, Contract, Torts, Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Family Law, Environmental Law, Legal Research Methods, Indigenous Legal Issues  

Additional information

Professional Qualifications

  • Admitted Solicitor (Scotland) - September 1987 
  • Admitted Solicitor (Queensland) - May 2000
  • Registered Teacher (Queensland) – 2006 - Present; Registration Number 813415
  • Registered Teacher (Scotland) – 2014 - Present; Registration Number 159058



  • Law Reform Research Group
  • Gender Based Violence Research Group
  • Equality & Diversity Group (Athena Swan) 
  • Member – Honour Abuse Research Matrix (HARM) (UK Network) – 2018 - Present
  • Member – New South Wales Forced Marriage (International Network) – 2018 - Present 





Conference Presentations

‘Five Years after the Criminalisation of Forced Marriage: Reflections from Scotland’ Gerald Gordon Criminal Law Seminar, University of Glasgow, 11th June 2019

The View from the North: Recognition, Inclusivity, and Access to Legal Protections on Divorce’ - Relationship Breakdown – Informal and Legal Solutions Conference, International Network of Scholars Researching Unregistered Marriages (INSRUM), Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (London), 14th December 2018

'Does creating equal protection, via legislation, for 'religion' and 'belief' give some protection for non-religious beliefs?" - Formatting Non religion in Late Modern Societies - Institutional and Legal Perspectives Conference, EUREL/University of Oslo, 26-27 September 2018

‘Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Criminal Law and Punishment: A Researcher Led Discussion’ - Criminal Law Forum/ SCCJR Joint Event, University of Glasgow, 9th March 2018

‘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

‘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