Dr. Dianne Scullion

Principal Lecturer in Law

School of Law and Social Science

Harris Building, HB257

+44 (0) 1772 89 3081


Subject Areas: Law

Dianne researches issues relating to human trafficking, children's rights, discrimination and family law.

Full Profile

Dianne joined the School of Law and Social Science in September 2012, and has previously taught at Liverpool Law School, University of Liverpool. Dianne's research interests lie primarily within human trafficking with a particular focus on children's rights. She also specialises in Discrimination Law and Family Law. Dianne supervises both LLM and PhD postgraduate students.

Dianne is the Manager of UCLan’s Centre for Mediation CentreForMediation@uclan.ac.uk and is responsible for overseeing all activities undertaken. These include pro-bono cases run through the Mediation Clinic, commercial mediation cases, research activities and the provision of mediation training to both students and external delegates.

Dianne is also the School of Law and Social Science Lead on Recruitment, Admissions and Resources.


  • PhD 'A Critical Analysis of Legal Responses to Trafficking: A Case Study of Child Domestic Work' University of Liverpool, 2011
  • LLB (Hons) University of Liverpool, 2006


  • Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Member of the Society of Legal Scholars



Scullion, D. ‘Passive Victims or Empowered Actors: Accommodating the Needs of Child Domestic Workers’, International Journal of Children’s Rights 21 (2013) 97–126

Co-Author of a Joseph Rowntree Funded Project ‘Forced labour in the UK’ (2013) available

Scullion, D. ‘Gender Perspectives on Child Trafficking: A Case Study of Child Domestic Workers’ in Gender and Migration in 21st Century Europe, Stalford, H., Currie, S. and Velluti, S. (Eds), (Ashgate Publishing, Surrey, 2009) pp 45-60

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Research Activities

Dianne's current research activities:

Research into the identification of child trafficking victims where private fostering arrangements are being manipulated in an attempt to hide the exploitative circumstances involved.

Dianne is currently researching on the use of mediation in settling disputes between doctors and parents concerning the treatment of children.

Research projects

Dianne has been involved in previous projects including:

'Forced Labour in the UK' a Joseph Rowntree Foundation Project (2013)

Children's participation - Council of Europe funded research (2012)

Currently Dianne is working on a project concerning human trafficking and the protection and support provided to victims.



Teaching Activities

Dianne has experience of teaching in a broad range of subjects including: family law; child law; employment law; discrimination law; law of tort; lawyers skills and legal research and reasoning. Additionally she has extensive experience of pastoral care for students, providing support and advice where needed.