The Law School
The Law School has the reputation as a successful and innovative department with high standards across research, teaching, assessment and administration.
Our courses are ranked within the top Universities by the Complete University Guide.
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.
Law Clinic The Law School Clinic was launched in November 2013. Its student members provide free, confidential and independent legal advice to citizens of Aberdeen who would otherwise be unable to afford a solicitor. Find out more via the Law Clinic page.
27, August, 2015 Postgraduate Open Evening
There has never been a better time to embark on a postgraduate course. Find out more at our open evening.
“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
The Law School delivers a wide range of law degrees 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. Our courses are highly regarded and many of our accredited law Masters programmes are available to study both on-campus and online.
Our courses are ranked within the top Universities by the Complete University Guide.
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.
Our research has been 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:
We are particularly interested in applications in the following topic areas;
Managing concurrent criminal jurisdiction. A critical analysis of the attempts to address concurrent criminal jurisdiction internationally – with Dr. Paul Arnell.
The right to personal autonomy and freedom of decision-making for incompetent patients: is there a need to provide a legislative framework for advance decision-making? – with Dr Sarah Christie.
We are also interested in applications in the broad areas 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
Current PhDs in the Law School include
- Legal regulation in the sphere of foreign investments in the Republic of Kazakhstan
- Contract stability and the national interest
- 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 response
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 Director of Research 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.
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
Hayley Christie is a lecturer in Law and a qualified solicitor.
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.
Dr David Hill is a Lecturer in the Law School, his principal teaching and research interests are in the area of private international law.
Olufemi Ilesanmi is a Lecturer in Law at the Aberdeen Business School.
John Karllberg is a Lecturer in law at Aberdeen Business School.
Dr Andrey Kotelnikov is a Lecturer in the Law School, he teaches a number of subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
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).
Olayinka Lewis is a lecturer in the Law School and a qualified solicitor.
Carole is a solicitor and a lecturer in law with teaching interests and related responsibilities in the area of European Union Law. She co-ordinates and teaches a number of EU Law modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Dr Mante is a Lecturer at the Law school. His teaching and research interests are in Construction law and Dispute resolution.
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.
Gerry McGee is a solicitor and a Lecturer in Law. He is the Module Leader for the full time Legal Systems Module and Module leader for the online Constitutional Law Module.
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.
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.
Dr. Rhiannon Talbot is a Lecturer in Law, and Deputy Course Leader for LLM/MSc in Construction Law and Arbitration. She lectures in the law of Obligations, construction, commercial and business law.
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.
PhD Research Students
A Comparative Study Of Domestic Legislation In Scotland And Canada Relating To Child Sexual Exploitation Via New Technologies And Barriers To Prosecution.
Overhauling the Nigerian Tax Policy Regime: Does the adoption of regulated tax treaties serve to encourage FDI?
Thesis Title - The Stability in Oil & Gas Contracts and the Host Country’s National Interest: With a Special Reference to the Mozambican Stabilization Clause.
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.
RGU law students’ team battles this year in Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition.
06, February, 2014 RGU students continue to battle it out in National mooting competition
Two Robert Gordon University students are continuing to debate their way through a National mooting competition with another win last night.