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Durham Law School

Staff profile

Dr Catherine de Contreras, LLB, PhD (Dub)

Teaching Fellow in the Durham Law School

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Catherine joined Durham Law School as a Teaching Fellow in Equity and Trusts in September 2017. 

Catherine has a PhD (2017) and an LLB (2011) from Trinity College Dublin. She is a tutor in the undergraduate Trusts Law and Contract Law modules, and is also lecturing in the Trusts Law module in Epiphany term 2018.

Catherine’s thesis, ‘A proposal for a single model of equitable estoppel’ was supervised by Prof Hilary Biehler and examined by Prof Ben McFarlane and Dr Des Ryan. She has presented on her thesis research to peers at the Society of Legal Scholars’ conference in York, September 2015, as well as in early-career workshops at the University of Amsterdam’s Centre for the Study of European Contract Law, June 2016, and (winning the prize for the best poster) at King’s College London, April 2015. 

More generally, Catherine’s research interests include trusts, restitution, the law of obligations, and agency and fiduciary law. She is currently co-authoring, with Mairéad Enright, the second edition of Principles of Irish Contract Law (Clarus Press) and has provided research assistance in the writing of Equity and the Law of Trusts in Ireland (Round Hall 2016) as well as the second supplement (2015) to De Smith’s Judicial Review (Sweet & Maxwell 2013). She convened the seventh Law Student Colloquium at TCD (2015), an international legal conference for students and early-career researchers.

Catherine is bilingual in English and Spanish, and conversational in French and Italian. 

Research Interests

  • Trusts and Equity
  • Restitution
  • Property law
  • Law of obligations
  • Agency and fiduciary law