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Rebecca Probert





School of Law
University of Warwick
Tel: 02476 524484

Research Interests

The unifying theme of my research is the boundary between marriage and cohabitation. This has two dimensions. The first is the way in which marriage is defined to distinguish it from cohabitation, or from non-marriage. The second is the question of whether legal rights should be accorded to relationships outside marriage and, if so, how such relationships should be defined. I am particularly interested in the historical definition and treatment of marriage, bigamy, and cohabitation. My reassessment of the Clandestine Marriages Act of 1753 was published in 2009, and my history of the law's treatment of cohabiting couples in 2012, both by Cambridge University Press. I have also published a guide to marriage law for those interested in family history. I am currently working on a new book exploring how the law of bigamy operated in practice.


BA (Oxon), LLM (Lond).

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