Dr Ellen Gordon-Bouvier

Senior Lecturer in Law

School of Law

Ellen Gordon-Bouvier


Ellen joined Oxford Brookes in December 2018 as a Senior Lecturer in Law, having previously taught at Canterbury Christ Church University and City University London. Ellen has recently completed a PhD at the University of Birmingham, entitled 'Relational Vulnerability: Law, Myths, and Homemaking Contributions in Cohabiting Relationships'. She has a first-class LLM from Queens' College, Cambridge and a first-class LLB from the University of Leeds. Ellen is a non-practising solicitor, having specialised in all areas of family law during her time in practice. She is currently an academic member of the Law Society's Family Law Committee, whose role is to  to keep under review, and to promote improvements in, family law, practice and procedure. 

Areas of expertise

Non-practising Solicitor (admitted to the roll in October 2008)

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • Family Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Land Law

Ellen currently teaches on and convenes the Family Law, and Equity and Trusts modules. 

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Nick Brown Why does family law treat FGM and male circumcision differently? Active


Ellen's research interests lie predominantly in family, particularly where it intersects with property and trusts law. Her doctoral research focused on the law's treatment of cohabiting couples and the manner in which the existing property and trusts framework systematically excludes and devalues homemaking contribution. Ellen is interested in critical approaches to legal scholarship and her doctoral work developed a new vulnerability theory framework for the analysis of disputes between cohabiting couples. She is also interested in feminist, temporal, and spatial approaches to law, and is keen to develop her existing research further, drawing on these perspectives. She has presented her research at a number of national and international conferences and is a member of the Critical Approaches to Law Research Group (School of Law, Oxford Brookes University). 

Research projects

Ellen is currently in the process of writing her first research monograph. Provisionally entitled 'Relational Vulnerability: A Theory of Law and the Private Family', this book will be published by Palgrave Macmillan. 


Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Law Society Family Law Committee member