Dr Susan Stokeld

Dr Susan Stokeld
Dr Susan Stokeld

Dr Susan Stokeld

Senior Lecturer (Scholarship)


Room D52 School of Law Taylor Building Old Aberdeen AB24 3UB


Dr Susan Stokeld is a Senior Lecturer and the School’s Director of Teaching & Learning. She is a Justice of the Peace and Honorary Sheriff for Grampian, Highlands & Islands, and Chair of the Fitness to Practice Committtee for the Medical and Dental Schools at Aberdeen University. 

Susan joined the School of Law in March 2012. She is a qualified Scottish solicitor (now non practising) but previously worked in private practice in Glasgow and Aberdeen. Susan completed a Masters degree (Business and Economics) at Aberdeen University in the Business School where she taught a wide range of management subjects and research methods courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate MBA level. Her doctoral research was conducted at Strathclyde University and her thesis addressed the performance and delivery of professional legal services. 

She is a member of Law Society for Scotland's Access to Justice Committee and the Aberdeen Scottish Association for the Study of Offending and the Scottish representative for the International Negotiation for Law Students organisation and a judge at international competitions for law students on negotiation and client consultation. 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Director of Teaching and Learning 

Deputy Director of Post Graduate Research

Co Director of Baltimore Summer School

Law School Lead for International Study Group

Personal Tutor

External Memberships

Honorary Sheriff, (GrampIan, Highlands & Islands)

Justice of the Peace (Grampian, Highlands & Islands)

Justice of the Peace Education & Training Committee for Grampian, Highland & Islands

JP EResource Group at the Judicial Institute

JP Appraiser in Sheriffdom of Grampian, Highlands & Islands

Scottish National Representative for the International Negotiation Competition 

Member of the Law Society of Scotland Access to Justice Committee

Member of the Scottish Association for the Study of Offending (Aberdeen Branch Committee) 



Research Overview


Susan's research interests lie in Criminal Justice Reform in Scotland and specifically in the area of the role and contribution of problem solving courts in Scotland and the rationale behind the problem- solving court initiative as an alternative to imprisonment sentencing options for persistent offenders and issues of domestic abuse, and the impact of the recent legislative reforms.

Susan also has an interest in negotiation and specifically in its role as an essential skill for the legal practioner. 










Teaching Responsibilities

Susan currently teaches on the following courses at the School of Law:

  • Criminal Law (Ordinary)
  • Family Law (Ordinary)
  • Family Law (Honours)
  • Criminal Evidenice (Honours)
  • DPLP Negotiation

Susan currently co-ordinates

  • Criminal Law (Ordinary)
  • Criminal Evidends (Honours)

Susan also leads the Year 2 Research Skills Course for Post Graduate Research students