The Law School
The Law School has the reputation as a successful and innovative department with high standards across research, teaching, assessment and administration.
Courses Most of our courses are accredited or recognised by the professional bodies and offer flexibility of study either on-campus or online. Prospects for our law graduates are good and are rated at 85% in The Complete University Guide 2013 subject tables.
Staff The staff group is a dynamic team with a breadth of experience in teaching, professional practice and law research. This is reflected in our courses which focus on contemporary legal issues and developments in conjunction with established theory and practice.
Research The Law School has a strong research culture which was recently rated as of 'national excellence'. The Law School also has a wide range of expertise available for use by external clients through consultancy. Find out more under Law Research.
This course in oil and gas law is aimed at oil and gas professionals, lawyers and non-lawyers from any jurisdiction.
The Online LLB is a unique course designed for those who wish to obtain an LLB but are unable to attend an on-campus course.
“The International Commercial Law course really is hands-on, providing you with the ability to apply the knowledge gained in the 'real world'.”
Michele Blackwell LLM International Commercial Law
Robert Gordon University Law School is delighted to be hosting the Socio-Legal Studies Association 2014 conference, which will be held in Aberdeen Business School on 9 - 11 April 2014.
The Law School delivers a wide range of law courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, the majority of which are accredited or recognised by the professional bodies.
Graduates can be confident that they hold an award that is recognised nationally and internationally, one which can enhance future opportunities in their chosen career. We regularly liaise with employers, practitioners and professional bodies in the design and development of our courses. Work placements are available on one of our courses as well as opportunities in national and international competitions - each year the department enters students in mooting competitions
Our courses are highly regarded and many of our accredited law Masters programmes are available to study both on-campus and online providing courses which are flexible in both mode and length of study. This flexibility offers students the chance to study when and where it suits them. This includes courses such as the Online LLB which can be studied part-time and, from 2012-2013, is available to study full-time.
Students at Aberdeen Business School have the advantage of being taught in a modern, purpose built building with excellent facilities, which include a Moot Court.
The Law School is active in a number of applied research projects and provides doctoral research opportunities and expertise in a wide range of law subject areas.
We are a research active department and our research output was recognised in the 2008 RAE. Our research was determined to be either at the level of 'International Excellence' or internationally recognised in over half of its output, in terms of its originality, significance and rigour. The department has also been awarded substantial research grants from the Scottish Executive, the Nuffield Foundation and The European Social Fund, and organisations such as the British Academy.
Research Publications and Themes
Our law research publications, projects and research groupings are as follows:
Current PhDs in the Law School include
- "Legal regulation in the sphere of foreign investments in the Republic of Kazakhstan";
- "ADR systems and access to justice in developing countries";
- "Harnessing the regulatory framework for optimising environmental compliance in the hydrocarbon sector in Nigeria";
- "The rise and fall of the right to a fair trial";
- "Prosecuting information infrastructure criminals: Beyond borders";
- "Building a legal regime for counteracting climate change: A comparative analysis of Scottish and Nigerian responses".
We are particularly interested in applications in the fields of:
- International Human Rights Law
- Commercial, Corporate and International Trade Law
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Criminal Law and Theory
- Evidence and Procedure
- Legal Theory and Ethics
- Medical Law
- Oil and Gas Law
- Employment and Discrimination Law
- EU Law
- Commercial Law and Taxation
- Property and Construction Law
- IT and Intellectual Property Law
- Access to Justice, Dispute Resolution and Arbitration
See individual staff pages for further details about the research expertise of Law staff members.
For further information on research within the department or related enquiries, please contact Law Research Co-ordinator:
Law School staff have a breadth of experience in teaching and professional practice. Most staff also have research expertise in their subject area. A particular strength of the department is in applied research recognised by awards from bodies such as the Scottish Government and the European Social Fund. For further details on individual Law School staff, click on the staff member's name.
Head of School
Professor Ken Mackinnon is Head of the Law School. He has taught a wide range of subjects including Jurisprudence, Legal Ethics, Tort Law, Social Security Law, Employment Law, Privacy Law, and Legal Systems.
Dr Sarah Christie is the Research Coordinator and Research Degree Coordinator for the Law School. Her interests are Criminal liability and responsibility; Medical Law and the Interface between Medical Law and Criminal Liability.
Craig Anderson is a Lecturer in the Law School and his teaching interests lie in the areas of Property Law and Conveyancing.
Maggie Anderson is a Lecturer in the Law School and Course Leader for the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.
Sarah Arnell is a Lecturer in Law and qualified solicitor. Her teaching interests are in the areas of Employment Law and Delict.
Dr Paul Arnell is a Reader in Law. His research interests are within public international law, particularly in international criminal law, extradition, jurisdiction and human rights.
Akinwale Awe is a Lecturer in the Law School and teaches on LLM Oil and Gas Law, LLM Construction Law and Arbitration courses.
Val is a Lecturer in the Law School and has been a solicitor for 25 years working in both civil and criminal litigation.
David Christie is a lecturer and qualified solicitor
Rebecca Cox is a Lecturer in the Law School and Module Co-ordinator for the undergraduate Evidence module.
William is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the Oil & Gas Law LLM. He specialises in commercial law and tax law. His research interests include Tax Law, Commercial Law, E-Commerce and Computing Law.
Margaret Downie is Postgraduate Programme Manager Law and a Senior Lecturer in the Law School. She is also course Leader for the PG Certificate in Mediation.
Dr Elimma Ezeani is Course Leader for the LLM/MSc International Trade and LLM International Commercial Law.
Bukola Faturoti is a lecturer in the Law School and Course Leader for the LLM/MSc Construction Law and Arbitration.
Lisa Gibbons-Wood is a Senior Lecturer in the Law School and course leader for the Online LLB.
Hayley Green is a lecturer in Law and a qualified solicitor.
Olufemi Ilesanmi is a Lecturer in Law at the Aberdeen Business School.
John Karllberg is a Lecturer in law at Aberdeen Business School.
Lecturer in the Law School
Thorsten Lauterbach is a Teaching Fellow in the Law School and is Aberdeen Business School Learning Enhancement Co-ordinator (Postgraduate).
Carole Lyons is a lecturer in Law and a qualified solicitor. Her research interests are in European Union public law, specifically EU constitutional law and EU rights and citizenship.
Nicolas is a lecturer in Energy law and policy (module coordinator) and Dispute resolution in Oil and Gas contracting. Nicolas acts as Deputy Course Leader on the Oil and Gas Law LL.M.
Dr Middlemiss is a Reader in Law. His research interests are in Employment Law in Scotland, the UK and internationally and also in aspects of Criminal Law, particularly stalking.
Dr Moller is a lecturer in Oil and Gas Law specialising in Contract Law and Oil and Gas Contract Law. His research interests include: Public International Law, Law of the Sea, Energy and Natural Resources Law.
Heather is a lecturer in the law school.
Lecturer in the Law School
Eric Ogilvie-Brown is a Lecturer in the Law School.
Jennifer Richmond is Lecturer in the Law School and Head of Year for Stage 1 of the LLB and Law and Management undergraduate courses.
Dr Hamish Ross is Lecturer in the Law School.
Laura Sharp is a Senior Lecturer in Law and the Undergraduate Programme Leader for Law. Her research interests are in Criminal Justice, including Policing and Investigation and prosecution.
Alison Stuart is a lecturer in law and a qualified solicitor. Her research interests are in the area of International Human Rights law, Regional Human Rights Systems and the law relating to refugees.
Rebecca Wallace is Research Professor of International Human Rights and Justice. Her research interests include human rights, immigration and refugee law; human rights and business; and gender and children's issues within the asylum process. Professor Wallace is assisted in research and writing in these fields by Karen Wylie, Research Assistant in International Human Rights and Justice.
The Moot Court at Aberdeen Business School provides a realistic setting in which law students can experience and practise mooting as part of their learning.
The Moot Court was opened in 2002 by the Lord President of the Court of Session, Lord Cullen and is used extensively by students on the BA Law and Management and LLB degrees, and in subject areas such as Contract Law and Administrative Law.
Students on undergraduate degrees are offered the opportunity to practice their mooting skills by arguing fictional cases and feedback from our students indicates they find the experience both invaluable and enjoyable. The Moot Court is sited within a purpose-built TV studio and is fitted with court-room furniture and recording equipment allowing the moots to be documented and used as teaching aids.
Mooting and Competitions
The Law School enters teams in national and international law mooting competitions and each year our law students take part in the ILSA Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. This is the largest moot court competition in the world, with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries.
The Moot Court is also the venue for the Department's annual undergraduate Mooting Competition: The Paull & Williamsons Mooting Cup, which is sponsored by W. Green. The competition takes place in semester 1 of each academic year. Anyone interested in participating should contact Valerie Bremner on email@example.com or Margaret Downie on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Law School News
25, April, 2013 RGU budding legal eagles win Granite City Moot
Law students from Aberdeen and Robert Gordon universities went head-to-head in the annual Granite City Mooting Competition last night (Wednesday April 24) - with RGU's team coming out top.
28, September, 2012 RGU is Tops for Graduate-level Employment
The Sunday Times University Guide 2013 has quoted Robert Gordon University as one of the top universities in the UK for graduate employment.
28, August, 2012 Offering placements make business sense
Industry placements offer benefits for both students and the organisation.
22, August, 2012 An MBA can help business women forge ahead
RGU's suite of MBA courses can help develop strong management competences.
20, July, 2012 RGU Graduates are Top of the Class with UK Employers
RGU has strengthened its long-established record for graduate employment by becoming the top university for graduate jobs in the UK.
Energy law Lecturer invited to talk on legal education in Europe at the Society of Legal Scholars’ 40th Anniversary Edinburgh Conference
Nicolas Maulet, Lecturer in energy law at The Law School, was recently invited to speak on Europe and legal education to the second plenary session of the Society of Legal Scholars’ annual conference held in Edinburgh on the 4th of September 2013.
Chaired by Sir David Edwards QC, the UK’s former judge at the European Court of Justice, the plenary session discussed Britain’s 40 years of European membership. It featured presentations by Alison Brimelow, fifth President of the European Patent Office; Dr John Temple Lang, solicitor and former Director in the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission; and Niamh Nic Shuibhne Chair of European Union Law at Edinburgh University. The panellists discussed the significance of the role of Britain in Europe. Contributions showed the importance of the UK’s contribution to the European project, the need for a continued membership and fight against misconceptions by enhancing education and cross-border higher training initiatives for lawyers.
09, April, 2014 SLSA Conference 2014
Aberdeen Business School hosting the Socio-Legal Studies Association 2014 conference.