After having received a Law Degree (cum laude) from Christ’s College, Cambridge University, Ian Curry-Sumner emigrated from England to The Netherlands in 2001. From 2001 to 2005 he was engaged in doctoral research in the field of international family law. This research culminated in the defence of his PhD in 2005, for which he won the Ius Commune Prize in 2005 and the AISDC Prize from the Swiss Institute for Comparative Law in 2008.
From 2005 to 2012 Ian Curry-Sumner was employed by the Molengraaff Institute for Private Law, firstly as a junior lecturer (adjunct professor), thereafter as a lecturer and researcher (Assistant professor) and finally up until his departure as senior lecturer and researcher (Associate professor).
During his time at Utrecht University, Ian wrote numerous publications on a wide variety of topics in the field of national and international family law, including books, articles, contributions to books and annotations. He has also translated the Dutch Civil Code and edited numerous volumes in the European Family Law Series.
In 2011, Ian Curry-Sumner announced his departure from the academic world and founded Voorts Legal Services.