Overview

The Law School has the reputation as a successful and innovative department with high standards across research, teaching, assessment and administration.

RGU Law DegreesCourses  Most of our courses are accredited or recognised by the professional bodies and offer flexibility of study either on-campus or online. Our courses are ranked within the top Universities by the Complete University Guide.

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.

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.


23, March, 2015 Energy Law and Policy Conference 2015

Energy Conference

Energy Law and Policy Conference at Robert Gordon University. Focusing on UK energy sector review and reform, expert panelists will give their view from a UK and International perspective.  

“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

Courses

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.

Our courses are ranked within the top Universities by the Complete University Guide.

Undergraduate Courses

Postgraduate Courses

 

Research

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.

ResearchOur 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:

PhD Supervision

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.

Research Contact

For further information on research within the department or related enquiries, please contact Law Research Co-ordinator:

Dr Sarah Christie
Tel: +44 (0)1224 263424
Email: s.christie@rgu.ac.uk

Staff

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

  • Ken Mackinnon

    Ken Mackinnon

    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.  

  • Research Co-ordinator

  • Sarah Christie

    Dr Sarah Christie

    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.  

  • Academic Staff

  • Maggie Anderson

    Maggie Anderson

    Maggie Anderson is a Lecturer in the Law School and Course Leader for the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.  

  • Craig Anderson

    Craig Anderson

    Craig Anderson is a Lecturer in the Law School and his teaching interests lie in the areas of Property Law and Conveyancing.  

  • Paul Arnell

    Paul Arnell

    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.  

  • Sarah Arnell

    Sarah Arnell

    Sarah Arnell is a Lecturer in Law and qualified solicitor. Her teaching interests are in the areas of Employment Law and Delict.  

  • Valerie Bremner

    Val Bremner

    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

    David Christie

    David Christie is a lecturer and qualified solicitor  

  • William Craig

    William Craig

    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

    Margaret Downie

    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.  

  • Elimma Ezeani

    Dr Elimma Ezeani

    Dr Elimma Ezeani is Course Leader for the LLM/MSc International Trade and LLM International Commercial Law.  

  • Bukola Faturoti

    Bukola Faturoti

    Bukola Faturoti is a lecturer in the Law School and Course Leader for the LLM/MSc Construction Law and Arbitration.  

  • Lisa Gibbons-Wood

    Lisa Gibbons-Wood

    Lisa Gibbons-Wood is a Senior Lecturer in the Law School and course leader for the Online LLB.  

  • Hayley Green

    Hayley Green

    Hayley Green is a lecturer in Law and a qualified solicitor.  

  • Olufemi Ilesanmi

    Olufemi Ilesanmi

    Olufemi Ilesanmi is a Lecturer in Law at the Aberdeen Business School.  

  • John Karlberg

    John Karlberg

    John Karllberg is a Lecturer in law at Aberdeen Business School.  

  • Andrey Kotelnikov

    Andrey Kotelnikov

    Dr Andrey Kotelnikov is a Lecturer in the Law School, he teaches a number of subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  

  • Kathrin Kuehnel Fitchen

    Kathrin Keuhnel-Fitchen

    Lecturer in the Law School  

  • Thorsten Lauterbach

    Thorsten Lauterbach

    Thorsten Lauterbach is a Teaching Fellow in the Law School and is Aberdeen Business School Learning Enhancement Co-ordinator (Postgraduate).  

  • Olayinka Lewis

    Olayinka Lewis

    Olayinka Lewis is a lecturer in the Law School and a qualified solicitor.  

  • Carole Lyons

    Carole Lyons

    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.  

  • Joseph Mante

    Joseph Mante

    Dr Mante is a Lecturer at the Law school. His teaching and research interests are in Construction law and Dispute resolution.  

  • Nicolas Maulet

    Nicolas Maulet

    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

    Gerry McGee

    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.  

  • Sam Middlemiss

    Sam Middlemiss

    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.  

  • Leon Moller

    Leon Moller

    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.  

  • Caroline Nixon

    Caroline Nixon

    Lecturer in the Law School  

  • Eric Ogilvie-Brown

    Eric Ogilvie-Brown

    Eric Ogilvie-Brown is a Lecturer in the Law School.  

  • Jennifer Richmond

    Jennifer Richmond

    Jennifer Richmond is Lecturer in the Law School and Head of Year for Stage 1 of the LLB and Law and Management undergraduate courses.  

  • Hamish Ross

    Hamish Ross

    Dr Hamish Ross is Lecturer in the Law School.  

  • Laura Sharp

    Laura Sharp

    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

    Alison Stuart

    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.  

  • Rhiannon Talbot

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    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

    Rebecca Wallace

    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

  • Elizabeth Lawson

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    A Comparative Study Of Domestic Legislation In Scotland And Canada Relating To Child Sexual Exploitation Via New Technologies And Barriers To Prosecution.  

  • Chisa Onyejekwe

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    Overhauling the Nigerian Tax Policy Regime: Does the adoption of regulated tax treaties serve to encourage FDI?  

  • William Telfer

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    Thesis Title - The Stability in Oil & Gas Contracts and the Host Country’s National Interest: With a Special Reference to the Mozambican Stabilization Clause.  

  • Mooting

    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.

    Moot Court students

    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  or Margaret Downie on m.downie@rgu.ac.uk.


    1. Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

      Law Moot Court

      RGU law students’ team battles this year in Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition.

    1. 06, February, 2014 RGU students continue to battle it out in National mooting competition

      Thomas and Barry RGU Moot

      Two Robert Gordon University students are continuing to debate their way through a National mooting competition with another win last night.  

    News

    Law School News

    1. 17, April, 2014 Energy Policy Lecturer delivers keynote on Unconventional Gas Policy in Europe

      Nicolas Maulet

      Energy Law and Policy lecturer at Robert Gordon University (RGU) Nicolas Maulet delivered a keynote presentation at the Unconventional Gas Conference Aberdeen 2014.  

    2. 11, February, 2014 Lord Hamilton to deliver public lecture at RGU’s Law School

      Law Department Teaser

      A senior Scottish judge whose contribution to public service has been described as 'outstanding' will deliver a public lecture at Robert Gordon University (RGU).  

    3. 06, February, 2014 RGU students continue to battle it out in National mooting competition

      Thomas and Barry RGU Moot

      Two Robert Gordon University students are continuing to debate their way through a National mooting competition with another win last night.  

    4. 23, October, 2013 RGU launches free law clinic

      Law Department Teaser

      Robert Gordon University (RGU) is launching a new pro-bono Law Clinic to provide free legal advice to the public who are without access to legal assistance.  

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    Events

    1. 04, March, 2015 Come and speak with us at UCAS events

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      We'll be touring the country from March to October and attending a UCAS convention near you. Find out where.  

    2. 28, March, 2015 Earth Hour

      Earth Hour - Lights Out

      Find out how RGU is supporting Earth Hour on Saturday 28 March.  

    3. 02, April, 2015 The future of secure and sustainable energy supply: is it nuclear or renewables?

      RGU Event

      In reflecting on how to create a secure, sustainable energy supply for the next five decades, this public debate will consider whether we should be prioritising investment in nuclear energy or renewables.  

    4. 15, April, 2015 RGU Supply Chain Management Forum

      Dr Lewis McDonald (MSP)

      Dr McDonald (MSP) will discuss the potential challenges and expectations facing the future of the Scottish government at this year's SCM forum.  

    5. 16, April, 2015 Fabulous at Fifty - Fashion Exhibition

      RGU Event

      First year BA Events Management, Fashion Management and Public Relations students have organised the annual fashion exhibition.  

    6. 22, April, 2015 Energy Cities Conference

      Energy Conference

      UK local authorities and energy stakeholders are invited to network with European counterparts at the 25th anniversary of this energy conference.  

    7. 22, April, 2015 Professorial Lecture: There’s No Such Thing As A Green Consumer

      Seonaidh McDonald of RGU's Research Institute for Management, Governance and Society will deliver a professorial lecture which will argue that some of the assumptions we make about green consumers may be part of the reason we still don't understand them.  

    8. 13, May, 2015 Professorial Lecture: Fa Div Ye Think Ye Are?

      Peter Reid, Head of the Department of Information Management at RGU, will deliver a professorial lecture in Doric, examining various aspects of the region's local culture and heritage.  

    9. 14, May, 2015 Postgraduate Open Evening

      Postgraduate Study 2014

      There has never been a better time to embark on a postgraduate course. Find out more at our open evening.  

    10. 22, May, 2015 MBA Leadership Week 2015

      MBA Leadership Week brings together our entire MBA programme cohort for an intensive combination of academic and practical workshops at Aberdeen Business School.  

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    SLSA Conference

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    Robert Gordon University Law School hosted the Socio-Legal Studies Association 2014 conference, held in Aberdeen Business School on 9 - 11 April 2014.

    Over the past 21 years, the annual SLSA conference has expanded to become one of the most prestigious international events in socio-legal studies.