Dr Adelyn Wilson

Dr Adelyn Wilson
LLB (Hons), PhD, FSA Scot, FHEA

Dean for International Stakeholder Engagement
Senior Lecturer


Contact Details

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Dr Adelyn Wilson is the University's Dean for International Stakeholder Engagement. In this capacity, she works with colleagues as well as embassies, networks, agents and other external stakeholders to further the University’s strategic aims around international student recruitment. More information about this role can be found here.

She is also a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and is Co-Director of the Centre for Scots Law. Her research interests include seventeenth-century Scottish legal history, the law of abortion in the UK, public law issues relevant to Brexit, and business and international sales law. She welcomes discussion with prospective research students interested in these areas.

Dr Wilson is also the Chairman of the Aberdeen Humanities Fund, a Council member of the Friends of the Aberdeen University Library, and a Co-Director of the Scottish Universities Law Institute. She was formerly an editor for the biannual journal Comparative Legal History (2013-18), Secretary and Treasurer of the Scottish Legal History Group (2014-19), a Council member of the Stair Society (2014-19), a Council member of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (2015-17), the Director of the Civil Law Centre (2009-14), the University's '50 under 30' representative to the National Centre for University and Business (2012-15), and the co-Director of the Authority and Texts: Concepts and Use Research Project Award Scheme (2013-17).




Andrew R C Simpson and Adelyn L M Wilson, Scottish Legal History: Volume 1: 1000-1707 (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), available through EUP, Amazon and Blackwells

Edited books

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

Book chapters

Stephanie Dropuljic and Adelyn L M Wilson, "Elections and local governance in early-modern Aberdeen", in A. Mark Godfrey (ed), Miscellany Eight (Stair Society, forthcoming 2020)

"Notaries and advocates in early-modern Aberdeen", in Jackson W. Armstrong and Edda Frankot (eds), Cultures of Law in Urban Northern Europe: Scotland and its Neighbours, c.1350-c.1650 (Routledge, forthcoming 2020), available through Routledge

"Men of law and legal networks in Aberdeen, principally in 1600-1650", in Michael Lobban and Ian Williams (eds), Networks and Connections in Legal History: Papers of the British Legal History Conference (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020), available through CUP

"The nature and sources of Scots law", in Gillian Black (ed), Business Law in Scotland (Fourth Edition, W Green, 2019) 1-22, available through Sweet & Maxwell and Wildy

"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 AUP

"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 Heinonline and Avizandum

Journal articles

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, "Challenging home abortion in Scotland: Society for the Protection of Unborn Children v Scottish Ministers" (2019) 23:1 Edinburgh Law Review 103-110

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) 9:2 Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies 93-128

"The Elchies manuscript and the method of Sir Richard Maitland of Lethington" (2018) 62:1 Manuscripta: A Journal for Manuscript Research 95-145

"The transmission and use of the collected legal decisions of Sir Richard Maitland of Lethington in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Scotland" (2018) 19:3 The Library 325-359

"Engaging school pupils in university study to inform degree intention" (2013) 47:2 The Law Teacher 215-233

"Practicks in Scotland’s interregnum" (2012) Juridical Review 319-352

"Stair and the Inleydinge of Grotius" (2010) 14:2 Edinburgh Law Review 259-268

"Stair, Mackenzie and risk in sale in seventeenth century Scotland" (2009) 15:1 Fundamina: A Journal of Legal History 168-180

Online Analyses

Robert Brett Taylor and Adelyn L M Wilson, "Revoking Article 50 after the ECJ's ruling", The UK in a Changing Europe (11th Dec 2018)

Robert Brett Taylor and Adelyn L M Wilson, "Seeking and implementing a referral on revocability of Article 50 following Wightman", UK Constitutional Law Association (26 September 2018)

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)

Book reviews

"Ideas of Equity, by Daniel J Carr" (2018) 22:2 Edinburgh Law Review 314-315

"An Institute of the Law of Scotland, by John Erskine with a new introduction by Kenneth Reid" (2015) 19:3 Edinburgh Law Review 429-430

"The Roman Law of Obligations, edited by T A J McGinn" (2014) 64:1 Classical Review 254-255

"Making Legal History: Approaches and Methodologies, edited by Anthony Musson and Chantal Stebbings" (2013) 1:1 Comparative Legal History 149-153

"The Community of the College of Justice: Edinburgh and the Court of Session, 1687-1808, by John Finlay" (2013) 17:2 Edinburgh Law Review 271-272

"Principles of Equity, by Henry Home, Lord Kames with a new introduction by Andreas Rahmatian" (2012) Juridical Review 353-354

"Law and Opinion in Scotland during the Seventeenth Century, by J D Ford" (2008) 12:3 Edinburgh Law Review 499-501


"Scottish Legal History Group Report 2019" (2020) 41:1 Journal of Legal History 78-81

"Scottish Legal History Group Report 2018" (2019) 40:1 Journal of Legal History 69-71

"Scottish Legal History Group Report 2017" (2018) 39:1 Journal of Legal History 88-91

"Scottish Legal History Group Report 2016" (2017) 38:1 Journal of Legal History 80-83

"Scottish Legal History Group Report 2015" (2016) 37:1 Journal of Legal History 72-74

Apple/Android applications

Fern Inch et al, Discover: Old Aberdeen historical walking tour (Apple app, 2016)

Fern Inch et al, Discover: Old Aberdeen historical walking tour (Android app, 2016)


Jackson Armstrong et al, The Aberdeen Burgh Records Database (2014)