Professor Adelyn Wilson
LLB (Hons), PGCert, MBA, PhD, FSA Scot, FHEA
Dean for International Stakeholder Engagement, Personal Chair
Adelyn 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.
As a Professor of Law, she teaches abortion law, legal history, commercial law and skills courses. She has been an external examiner for two TEF Gold-rated universities, and an external consultant on ABA accreditation frameworks for a US university. She has previously taught for various partner institutions internationally, in the USA, Norway, China, and Qatar. Please see the 'Teaching' tab above for full details.
Her research interests include Scottish legal history, private and public law, and the law of abortion. Her work has appeared in various leading publications, and she has presented her research in ten countries. She has been an Academic Fellow of the Scottish Parliament, an editor of two journals, and a trustee and/or council member of five intellectual charities. The offices she has held are listed below; please see the 'Research' tab above for her publication list and supervised research students.
She has appeared on the BBC Antiques Roadshow, STV Scotland Tonight, BBC Radio North East and Northsound 1 News, and has advised BBC News Reality Check.
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
Adelyn has held roles across our executive, partnership management, student recruitment, education, research and staff development portfolios.
Selected current internal roles include:
- Co-Director, Centre for Scots Law
- Institutional lead, British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM
- Chair, International Advisory Group
- Chair, Aberdeen-Study Group Partnership Management Board
- Chair, South Asia Student Recruitment Group
- Chair, North American Student Recruitment Group
- External Memberships
Selected current external roles include:
- Co-Director, Scottish Universities Law Institute
- Private Law Analysis Editor, Edinburgh Law Review
- Fellow, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
- Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Selected previous external roles include:
- Academic Fellow, Scottish Parliament (2020-21)
- Chair, Aberdeen Humanities Fund (2017-21)
- Council member, Friends of the Aberdeen University Library (2018-21)
- Secretary and Treasurer, Scottish Legal History Group (2014-19)
- Council member, Stair Society (2013-19)
- Editor, Comparative Legal History (2013-18)
- Council member, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (2015-17)
- University's '50 under 30' representative, National Centre for Universities and Business (2012-15)
Adelyn's research expertise extends across legal history, medical law, private law and public law. Her research and student funding networks have been supported by Horizon 2020/Marie Curie, the British Council, the Bibliographical Society, the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies, the Aberdeen Humanities Fund and other organisations.
Details of her previous publications are listed below. She is currently engaged on projects across her fields of specialism, including as co-editor of a three-volume collection on the history and development of Scots commercial law, forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press in 2024-26.
She is also the Private Law Analysis Editor for the Edinburgh Law Review, a Co-Director of the Scottish Universities Law Institute, a Co-Director of Aberdeen's Centre for Scots Law, and a member of Aberdeen's Centre for Constitutional and Public Law. She welcomes discussions with potential contributors to the journal, SULI publications series or the work of the Centres.
She also welcomes discussions with prospective research students in her research areas. She is honoured to have previously won the University Excellence award for Best PGR supervisor, in addition to other teaching award nominations. Details of her current research students can be found below.
ARC Simpson and ALM Wilson, Scottish Legal History: Volume 1: 1000-1707 (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), available via EUP
ARC Simpson, SC Styles, E West and ALM Wilson (eds), Continuity, Change and Pragmatism in the Law: Essays in Memory of Professor Angelo Forte (Aberdeen University Press, 2016), available via AUP
“Notaries and advocates in early modern Aberdeen”, in J Armstrong and E Frankot (eds), Culture of Law in Urban Northern Europe: Scotland and its Neighbours, c.1350-c.1700 (Routledge, 2020), 267-283, available via Routledge
S Dropuljic and ALM 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 M Lobban and I Williams (eds), Networks and Connections: Papers of the British Legal History Conference (Cambridge University Press, 2020) 33-59, available via Cambridge University Press
“The nature and sources of Scots law”, in G Black (ed), Business Law in Scotland (W Green, 2019) 1-22, available via Sweet and Maxwell
“The ‘authentick practique bookes’ of Alexander Spalding”, in ARC Simpson et al (eds), Continuity, Change and Pragmatism in the Law: Essays in Memory of Professor Angelo Forte (Aberdeen University Press, 2016) 175-236, available via Aberdeen University Press
“The textual tradition of Stair’s Institutions, with reference to the title 'Of Liberty and Servitude'”, in HL MacQueen (ed), Miscellany VII (Stair Society annual publications series vol 62, 2015) 1-124, available via Avizandum
RB Taylor and ALM 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
“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)
- Abortion Law (Honours) LS401H
Course coordinator and sole teacher
Course coordinator, teaching with Dr Tom Green and Dr Jonathan Ainslie
Course coordinator, teaching with Dr Tom Green, Alice Krzanich and Professor Sören Koch (University of Bergen, Norway)
- History of Scots Law in a European Context LS2034
Course coordinator, teaching with Dr Tom Green, Alice Krzanich and Dr Jonathan Ainslie
Coordinated by Dr Titilayo Adebola, teaching with Dr Euan West and Dr Rossana Ducato
Adelyn teaches legal history, medical law, commercial law and skills courses. She has previously taught across the breadth of private law.
She has won the University Excellence Award for Best PGR Supervisor, and has been nominated for Best UG Supervisor and Most Inspiring Lecturer.
She has previously taught for various partner institutions internationally, including:
- University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore, USA
- University of Bergen, Norway
- Shandong University, China
- AFG with the University of Aberdeen, Qatar
She is currently an external examiner for Robert Gordon University, and was formerly an external examiner for the University of Dundee, an external appeals assessor for the University of Bergen, and an external consultant on ABA accreditation frameworks for a US university.