Overview

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

RGU Law courtCourses  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.

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.

 


  • LLM Oil and Gas Law Degree | Oil and Gas Law LLM

    This course in oil and gas law is aimed at oil and gas professionals, lawyers and non-lawyers from any jurisdiction.

  • Online Law LLB | Law LLB degree Online

    Our online Law LLB degree course aims to provide you with a practical and diverse education in the discipline of law. Modules studied on this accredited online degree course include, Criminal Law, Human Rights, Property Law, Family Law and Legal Systems.

  • “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

    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.


    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.

    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.

    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:

    PhD Supervision

    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.

    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

    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 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.  

  • Academic Staff

  • Craig Anderson

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

  • Maggie Anderson

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

  • Sarah Arnell

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

  • 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.  

  • Akinwale Awe

    Akinwale Awe is a Lecturer in the Law School and teaches on LLM Oil and Gas Law, LLM Construction Law and Arbitration courses.  

  • 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 is a lecturer and qualified solicitor  

  • Rebecca Cox

    Rebecca Cox is a Lecturer in the Law School and Module Co-ordinator for the undergraduate Evidence module.  

  • 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 is Course Leader for the LLM/MSc International Trade and LLM International Commercial Law.  

  • 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 is a Senior Lecturer in the Law School and course leader for the Online LLB.  

  • Hayley Green

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

  • Olufemi Ilesanmi

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

  • John Karlberg

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

  • Kathrin Kuehnel Fitchen

    Lecturer in the Law School  

  • Thorsten Lauterbach

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

  • 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.  

  • 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

    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

    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 Munro

    Heather Munro

    Heather is a lecturer in the law school.  

  • Caroline Nixon

    Lecturer in the Law School  

  • Eric Ogilvie-Brown

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

  • 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

    Dr Hamish Ross is Lecturer in the Law School.  

  • 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 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

    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. 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.  

    News

    Law School News

    1. 11, February, 2014 Lord Hamilton to deliver public lecture at RGU’s Law School

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

    2. 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.  

    3. 23, October, 2013 RGU launches free law clinic

      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.  

    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.

    Events

    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.