Centre for Multi-Cultural Studies


The Centre for Multi-Cultural Studies in Law and the Family, which opened in 2001, is located in the Law School at the University of Buckingham. The ethos of the Centre is based on a recognition that the study of law, in many jurisdictions, now demands a multi-cultural approach which reflects the religious, ethnic and cultural diversity of society. The Centre offers research supervision for students wishing to undertake research degrees and organises seminars, lectures and conferences. Its Directors offer consultancy on multi-cultural issues.

The Centre welcomes collaboration with colleagues, either in the UK or overseas, who are most welcome to contact one of the Centre’s Directors.

Postgraduate students who wish to undertake research by dissertation are welcome to discuss proposals with the Directors.

Centre Director

Professor Susan Edwards (email: susan.edwards@buckingham.ac.uk)

Past events

Roundtable Conference: The Emerging Landscape of Indigenous Issues
Buckingham, 5 October 2011

Gerry Lejeune, Director of East Berkshire Women’s Aid (EBWA), gave a lecture on Tuesday 21 March 2006 entitled Domestic Violence and Women’s Aid – The East Berkshire Project.

Robert Rains, Clare Dalton and Susan Edwards were all speakers at the International Forum on Domestic Violence on Tuesday 9 March 2004.

Judge David Pearl, President of the Care Standards Tribunal gave a lecture on Thursday 8 May 2003 entitled ‘Child safety comes first: issues surrounding the Victoria Climbie Inquiry, forced marriages and other matters’.

Denise Carter, Director of Reunite, the international child abduction centre gave a lecture on international child abduction on Thursday 7 November 2002.

Jane Gordon, the Parliamentary Legal Officer for Lord Lester of Herne Hill, gave the first of the Centre’s lectures on 4 May 2002 on the Civil Partnerships Bill which aims to grant cohabitants the right to register their relationships and thereby obtain some of the legal rights already given to married partners. The lecture stimulated a wide-ranging debate. It was followed by a dinner attended by members of the Law School and colleagues from other Universities.

Warm wishes were sent for the opening of the Centre by Justice Michael Kirby of the High Court of Australia and one of Buckingham’s Honorary Graduates.