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About Dr Emma Roberts

Her main area of interest is private international law, especially its interaction with tort law. She has presented on matters relating to both international and domestic tort law at numerous conferences and is currently working on publications on the applicable law in cross-border tort cases. She has contributed to the editorial of a prestigious European journal and co-ordinated multi-disciplinary conferences.

Dr. Roberts joined the Law School in January 2015 from Bangor University where she had taught on numerous undergraduate modules since 2008. Her primary teaching responsibilities at Chester are the English Legal System and Method module at Level 4, Conflict of Laws at Level 7, and she also contributes to the teaching of Tort Law at Level 5. In addition to her teaching at Bangor University, she had previously taught Law in Further Education and had served as Senior Examiner for two leading examination boards.

Dr. Roberts is a keen researcher in the area of private international law and is currently working on developing and publishing aspects of her PhD thesis, completed in 2014 at Bangor University under the supervision of Dr. Yvonne McDermott Rees and Professor Dermot Cahill. Her main research interests lie in conflict of laws in relation to non-contractual obligations. She holds membership with two key legal learned organisations, the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) and the Socio-legal Studies Association (SLSA), and is the convenor for the SLSA’s Private International Law section. Upon completion of her Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, she received Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2011 and was appointed to the Examination Board for the same qualification in the following year.

Dr Roberts is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader of the Law School's LLM programme. She is currently developing a Research Forum in Globalisation and International Law. 



English Legal Systems and Methods (Level 4)

Tort Law (Level 5)

European Union Law (Level 5)

Conflicts of Law (Level 7)


Dr. Roberts is currently undertaking research into the applicable law in cross-border accident cases, focussing particularly on the assessment of damages in such cases. She is also working on publications which explore the implications of the application of Rome II’s general rules (Article 4) on various torts and considers some definitional questions raised in relation to private international law.

Supervision proposals

Dr. Roberts would be happy to receive proposals for research supervision in the areas of tort law (particularly regarding personal injury law), private international law (especially European harmonisation in this area), applicable law in contractual/non-contractual obligations, and application of foreign law in national courts.

Selected Conference Papers and Posters

  • March 2015: Socio-legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Warwick
  • ‘Neither Use nor Ornament? The applicability and suitability of Rome II’s Article 4(3)’
  • February 2010: All-Wales University Law Conference 2010, Gregynog, Mid-Wales
  • ‘Personal Injury Remedies Across the Ages – Retaliation or Restitution?’
  • May 2010: Annual Postgraduate Howard Johnson Conference, Bangor University
  • ‘Compensation Culture – Reality or Myth? Personal Injury Litigation in England and Wales’
  • September 2010: SLS Annual Conference, University of Southampton,
  • ‘From Retribution to Restoration - A Historical Overview of Remedies in Personal Injury Law’


PhD (2014) Law, Bangor University

Thesis titled: ‘Pursuing Justice in Cross-border Personal Injury Cases Post-Rome II: The England and Wales perspective’

PGCertHE (Distinction), Bangor University 

‘Academic legal Welsh’ (Merit)

Canolfan Bedwyr, Bangor University

LL.B. (Hons.) University of Wales, Bangor

Institute of Leadership and Management – ILM Level 3 – Enterprise  


Awards and Scholarships

  • Drapers Trust/Thomas Howells Law Scholarship (2009)
  • School of Law Bangor University Scholarship (2008)
  • Isle of Anglesey Graduate Bursary for Legal Practice (2007)
  • NSPCC Approved Practitioner – Child Protection Awareness

Professional Membership

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the Association of Law Teachers
  • Member of the Society of Legal Scholars
  • Member of PEOPIL – Pan-European Organisations of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management