Dr Elizabeth Shaw

Dr Elizabeth Shaw
Dr Elizabeth Shaw
Dr Elizabeth Shaw

PhD, LLM (dist.), LLB (hons)

Senior Lecturer

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School of Law


Elizabeth Shaw joined the law school at Aberdeen University as a lecturer in September 2012. She received her LLM by research (on the topic of the criminal responsibility of psychopaths) and LLB from Aberdeen University. She undertook her PhD at Edinburgh University on the implications of free will scepticism for the criminal justice system and successfully defended her thesis in November 2013. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, involving criminal law, philosophy and neuroscience.


Research Overview

  • moral enhancement
  • criminal responsibility
  • free will
  • theories of punishment
  • criminal law
  • moral uncertainty

Teaching Responsibilities

Criminal Law Honours (co-ordinator)

Criminal Law LLM (co-ordinator)

Criminology Honours (co-ordinator)

Criminological Theories LLM (co-ordinator)

English Criminal Law Ordinary (co-ordinator)

Core Skills for Research Students (temporary, joint co-ordinator)



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