Merton College

Merton Street,
Oxford OX1 4JD

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Tristan Cummings is a PhD Candidate and Stipendiary Lecturer at Merton College, Oxford. His research focuses on the intersection of family law, human rights law and religious freedom with a particular interest in the regulation of religious family law through a systems theoretical and reflexive law model. His research is funded by the AHRC. 

Tristan undertook his BA at Oxford (2012-2015) being awarded a Postmaster's Scholarship for sustained academic performance and completed the BCL with Distinction (2017). He was awarded the Vinerian Scholarship for Best Overall Performance on the BCL and the Law Faculty Prizes in Children, Familes and the State and Comparative Equality Law. Tristan is a Tutor in Human Rights Law for the Montag Centre for Overseas Students. He has worked as co-ordinator of the Neuro-Law Network under Professor Imogen Goold, an international and cross-disciplinary network of academics focusing on law and emerging technologies as well as acting as a research assistant in a number of legal subject areas. Tristan was involved as a volunteer in the Turpin and Miller Huntercombe Legal Aid Clinic in 2018-19. 

He is currently an Editor of the University of Oxford Human Rights Hub Journal


Recent additions

Internet Publication (4)

Journal Article (2)

T O Cummings, '‘Equality as a Central Principle? - The Law Commission’s Solution to the Religious-Only Marriage Problem' (2021) Child and Family Law Quarterly 63

Research Interests

Human Rights Law; Family Law; Reflexive Law and Regulation; Law and Religion

Options taught

Contract, Trusts, Human Rights Law

Research projects