Katarina Trimmings joined the Law School of the University of Aberdeen as a Lecturer in August 2012 and was later promoted to a Senior Lecturer. She is a co-founder and the Director of the Centre for Private International Law at the Law School of the University of Aberdeen.
Dr Trimmings is an internationally recognized expert in the field of International Family Law, in particular in the areas of international parental child abduction and cross-border surrogacy. Her research has explored new avenues and developed unique perspectives, including the Private International Law perspective and the Child’s Rights perspective on surrogacy, and analysis of the implications of societal challenges such as domestic abuse on the legal resolution of parental child abduction cases. She has written a monograph on child abduction (Hart, 2013); and is the first editor of a recently published book on the intersection between child abduction and domestic violence (Intersentia, 2022). She is also the first editor of a highly regarded and frequently cited book on international surrogacy arrangements (Hart, 2013) and a forthcoming research handbook on surrogacy (Elgar Publishing, 2023). Dr Trimmings is also the co-author of the 15th edition of Cheshire, North & Fawcett, Private International Law (OUP, 2017).
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
Director of the Centre for Private International Law at the Law School of the University of Aberdeen http://www.abdn.ac.uk/law/research/centre-for-private-international-law-70.php
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- External Memberships
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- International Family Law
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Dr Trimmings' current research centres on the themes of surrogacy and international parental child abduction. Additionally, she is interested in the adequacy and potential reform of the Private International Law regulation post-Brexit. At present, Dr Trimmings is working on two collaborative RSE-funded projects: 1.) ‘Protection of international families with links to the European Union post-Brexit: Collaborative Scotland-EU Partnership’ (PI); and 2.) ‘Laying the Foundations for a Restatement of Scots Private International Law’ (Co-I). Both projects aim to assess the implications of Brexit for Scots Private International Law with a view to proposing necessary reforms (Co-I).
Dr Trimmings has recently completed a number of externally funded research projects as the PI and conducted several commissioned studies. Her research concentrated on two themes. They build on her interests in intersections between legal fields and their impact on addressing societal challenges through innovative legal solutions that are scholarly robust and of use for policymakers, legal profession and wider public. Theme 1 is intersection between domestic violence and international parental child abduction; and theme 2 is the child right’s perspective as a basis for regulation of the legal status of children.
- POAM project. Funded by the EU (PI).
- Research study into attitudes towards the reform of the law governing surrogacy amongst judges and legal practitioners in Scotland. Funded by the Clark Foundation (PI).
- Project 'Reproductive Health Care and Policy Concerns: Regulation of Surrogacy Arrangements in Sri Lanka and Lessons Learned from the United Kingdom'. Funded by the British Council (PI).
- Development of legal principles for the protection of the rights of the child born through surrogacy (‘Verona Principles’) (co-author).
- Research study on the reform of the European Convention on the Legal Status of Children Born Out of Wedlock. Commissioned and funded by the Council of Europe. Output: policy report
Dr Trimmings has recently completed a large EU-funded collaborative research project on the protection of abducting mothers in return proceedings under the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention ('POAM' project).
- POAM Project research team - see https://research.abdn.ac.uk/poam/research-team/
- Associate Members of the Centre for Private International (i.e. an extensive network of Private International Law scholars from around the world) - see http://www.abdn.ac.uk/law/research/associate-members-73.php.
Funding and Grants
- Royal Society of Edinburgh, Saltire Network Scheme (2022) - Project: 'Protection of international families with links to the European Union post-Brexit: Collaborative Scotland-EU partnership (‘International Families post-Brexit’)' (PI)
- Royal Society of Edinburgh, Research Workshop Grants Scheme (2022) - Project: 'Laying the Foundations for a Restatement of Scots Private International Law' (Co-I)
- Council of Europe (2021) - Project: 'Review of the Implementation of the European Convention on the Legal Status of Children Born Out of Wedlock' (PI)
- European Commission, Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Programme (2021) - Project: 'Time to Become Digital in Law ('DIGinLaw')' (Co-I)
- British Council, South Asia Small-Scale Research Project Scheme (2020) - Project: 'Reproductive Health Care and Policy Concerns: Regulation of Surrogacy Arrangements in Sri Lanka and Lessons Learned from the United Kingdom (‘Surrogacy in Sri Lanka’)' (PI)
- Clark Foundation for Legal Education (2019) - Project: 'UK Surrogacy Law Reform: Exploring the Application of Surrogacy Laws, Attitudes towards Surrogacy, and Attitudes towards the Reform of the Law Governing Surrogacy amongst Judges and Legal Practitioners in Scotland’ (PI)
- European Union, Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2018) - Project: 'Protection of Abducting Mothers in Return Proceedings: Intersection between Domestic Violence and Parental Child Abduction' (POAM Project)' (PI)
- European Union, Civil Justice Programme (2013) - Project: 'Cross-Border Litigation in Europe: Private International Law Legislative Framework, National Courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union' (EUPILLAR Project)' (Co-I)
- EU Lifelong Learning Programme, the Jean Monnet Scheme (2012). Project aim: organisation of a series of workshops on cross-border litigation in Europe. (Co-I)
- Nuffield Foundation (2010) - Project: 'International Surrogacy Arrangements: An Urgent Need for Legal Regulation at the International Level' (Postdoc)
Dr Trimmings is the course co-ordinator for the following courses:
1.) Family Law (Honours) LS401V
2.) International Family Law (Honours) LS451T
3.) Private International Law LS2532
In addition, Dr Trimmings participates in teaching on the following courses:
1.) Family Law LS2526
2.) Law & Medical Ethics (Honours) LS4553
3.) Introduction to Comparative Law LS2536
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From Theory to Practice in Private International Law: Gedächtnisschrift for Professor Jonathan FitchenHart, OxfordBooks and Reports: Books
International family law in the United Kingdom beyond Brexit: Focus on matrimonial matters and future interpretation of habitual residence of the child.Yearbook of Private International Law, vol. 22, pp. 77-94Contributions to Journals: Articles
Intersection between Domestic Violence and International Parental Child Abduction: Protection of Abducting Mothers in Return ProceedingsInternational Journal of Law, Policy and The Family, vol. 35, no. 1, ebab001Contributions to Journals: Articles
Return of a child under the 1980 Hague child abduction convention to a ‘third state’?Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 202-204Contributions to Journals: Articles
Surrogacy arrangements and the best interest of the child: the human rights and private international law dimensions in the case-law of the European Court of Human RightsFundamental Rights and the Best Interest of the Child in Transnational Families. Bergamini, E., Ragni, C. (eds.). IntersentiaChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Non-Uniform Application of European Union Private International LawDiversity and Integration in Private International Law . Ruiz Abou-Nigm, V., Blanca Noodt Taquela, M. (eds.). Edinburgh University Press, pp. 83-94Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Surrogacy before the European Court of Human RightsEastern and Western Perspectives on Surrogacy. Scherpe, J. M., Fenton-Glynn, C., Kaan, T. (eds.). Intersentia, pp. 329-Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Protection of Abducting Mothers in Return Proceedings: Intersection between Domestic Violence and Parental Child AbductionCommissioned by European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme 2014-2020.Books and Reports: Commissioned Reports
Choice of law aspects of non-consensual adoption of Eastern European children in England and WalesInternational Family Law, no. 3, pp. 202-209Contributions to Journals: Articles
Cheshire, North & Fawcett: Private International LawOxford University PressBooks and Reports: Books