Professor Adelyn Wilson
LLB (Hons), PGCert, MBA, PhD, FSA Scot, FHEA
Dean for International Stakeholder Engagement, Personal Chair
Professor Adelyn Wilson is the University's Dean for International Stakeholder Engagement, working with the Vice Principal for Global Student Recruitment. In this capacity, she works with external partners and institutional stakeholders as well as internal colleagues to improve the University's strategic approach to international student recruitment.
Professor Wilson also holds a Chair in the School of Law.
Within the School, she teaches abortion law, legal history and study skills. She is an External Examiner for Robert Gordon University and was formerly an External Examiner for the University of Dundee (2017-21). She has previously taught for various partner institutions internationally, including the Universities of Maryland and Baltimore (USA), the University of Bergen (Norway), Shandong University (China), and AFG with the University of Aberdeen (Qatar).
Her research interests include Scottish legal history, public law, and the law of abortion in the UK. She has advised or appeared on the BBC Reality Check News service, the BBC Antiques Roadshow and STV Scotland Tonight across these research areas. Please see the 'Research' tab above for her publication list.
She is currently the co-Director of the Centre for Scots Law, a co-Director of the Scottish Universities Law Institute, and the Private Law Analysis editor of the Edinburgh Law Review.
She was formerly an Academic Fellow at the Scottish Parliament (2020-21), the Chair of the Aberdeen Humanities Fund (2017-21), a Council member of the Friends of the Aberdeen University Library (2018-21), the Secretary and Treasurer of the Scottish Legal History Group (2014-19), a Council member of the Stair Society (2013-19), an editor of the biannual journal Comparative Legal History (2013-18), a Council member of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (2015-17), the Director of the Civil Law Centre (2009-14), and the University's '50 under 30' representative to the National Centre for Universities and Business (2012-15).
Andrew R C Simpson, Scott C Styles, Euan West and Adelyn L M Wilson (eds), Continuity, Change and Pragmatism in the Law: Essays in Memory of Professor Angelo Forte (Aberdeen University Press, 2016), available through AUP
“Notaries and advocates in early modern Aberdeen”, in Jackson Armstrong and Edda Frankot (eds), Culture of Law in Urban Northern Europe: Scotland and its Neighbours, c.1350-c.1700 (Routledge, 2020), 267-283, available through Routledge
Stephanie Dropuljic and Adelyn L M Wilson, “Elections and local governance in early modern Aberdeen”, in Mark Godfrey (ed), Miscellanry VIII (Stair Society annual publications series vol 68, 2020) 231-263, available through Avizandum
“Men of law and legal networks in Aberdeen, principally in 1600-1650”, in Michael Lobban and Ian Williams (eds), Networks and Connections: Papers of the British Legal History Conference (Cambridge University Press, 2020) 33-59, available through Cambridge University Press
“The nature and sources of Scots law”, in Gillian Black (ed), Business Law in Scotland (W Green, 2019) 1-22, available through Sweet and Maxwell
“The ‘authentick practique bookes’ of Alexander Spalding”, in Andrew R C Simpson, Scott C Styles, Euan West and Adelyn L M Wilson (eds), Continuity, Change and Pragmatism in the Law: Essays in Memory of Professor Angelo Forte (Aberdeen University Press, 2016) 175-236, available through Aberdeen University Press
“The textual tradition of Stair’s Institutions, with reference to the title 'Of Liberty and Servitude'”, in Hector L MacQueen (ed), Miscellany VII (Stair Society annual publications series vol 62, 2015) 1-124, available through Avizandum
Robert Brett Taylor and Adelyn L M Wilson, “UK abortion law: Private Members' Bills, devolution and the role of the courts” (2019) 82:1 Modern Law Review 71-104. Pre-print available on SSRN with the kind permission of the editor: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3231551
Robert Brett Taylor and Adelyn L M Wilson, “Brexit, the revocation of Article 50, and the path not taken: Wightman and Others for Judicial Review against the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union”(2018) 22:3 Edinburgh Law Review 417-422
“Legal practice and legal institutions in seventeenth-century Aberdeen, as witnessed in the lives of Thomas Nicolson of Cockburnspath and his associates” (2018) 9:1 Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies 93-128
Scottish Parliament briefing papers
Robert Brett Taylor and Adelyn L M Wilson, “Brexit Statutory Instruments: Impact on the devolved settlement and future policy direction”, SPICe briefing SB 21-52 (18 August 2021), available via HTML or pdf
Robert Brett Taylor and Adelyn L M Wilson, “Outer House arguments over lawfulness of abortion treatment at home”, Scottish Legal News (18 May 2018), reprinted University of Aberdeen School of Law blog (22 May 2018)
“Principles of Equity, by Henry Home, Lord Kames with a new introduction by Andreas Rahmatian” (2012) Juridical Review 353-354
STV Scotland Tonight, episode “Challenging the law: Should abortion up until birth be allowed after a down syndrome diagnosis?”, (aired 7 October 2021)