Dr Isla Callander
LLB (Hons), LLM, PhD, FHEA
Isla joined the School of Law as a Lecturer in August 2017. Isla's expertise and research interests lie in criminal law, justice, evidence and procedure. She teaches on a numbers of courses in these areas at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is a member of the University's Centre for Scots Law.
Isla is a member of the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society of Scotland, an Associate Researcher with the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, and a commentator on the Scottish Feminist Judgments Project. She has spent time as a visiting scholar at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto (2018) and as a visiting researcher in the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland (2015).
Isla was previously awarded her PhD with no corrections from the University of Glasgow. She was awarded the Criminal Law and Criminalisation PhD Scholarship to undertake her PhD research, and worked under the supervision of Professor James Chalmers and Professor Fiona Leverick. Isla also holds both an LLM by Research (awarded with no corrections) and an LLB in Scots law with First Class Honours from the University of Glasgow, where she was awarded the School of Law Bates Essay Prize.
Memberships and Affiliations
Isla's expertise and research interests lie in criminal law, criminal justice, criminal evidence and criminal procedure, with a particular focus upon sexual offences, youth justice, and criminal appeals and post conviction review schemes.
She would be interested in supervising research students working in any of these areas.
Along with principal investigator Dr Katarina Trimmings, Isla is a co-investigator on a major collaborative project titled 'Protection of Abducting Mothers in Return Proceedings: Intersection between Domestic Violence and Parental Child Abduction' (POAM Project). This project is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020).
In 2021-2021, Isla is coordinating and/or teaching on the following courses:
LS3025 Evidence (course coordinator)
LS/LX4019 Criminal Justice Honours (course coordinator)
LS5096 Issues in Criminal Justice LLM
LS/LX452K Children, Young People and Crime (course coordinator)
Isla has previously coordinated and/or taught on the following courses:
LS1020 Criminal Law
LS/LX451V Criminal Evidence Honours
LS551R Criminal Evidence and Proof LLM
LS/LX401E Gender, Law and Society Honours
LS1527 English Criminal Law
LS501T/LS551T Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship (on campus)
LS502V/LS552X Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship (online)
LS2526 Family Law
LS2533 Business Law
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Walker and Walker: The Law of Evidence in ScotlandBloomsburyBooks and Reports: Books
Smith v Lees 1997 SCCR 139: JudgmentScottish Feminist Judgments. Cowan, S., Kennedy, C., Munro, V. (eds.). Hart Publishing, pp. 39-53, 15 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission and the Appeal Court at 20 Years: Relationship Status – It’s Complicated?Juridical Review, no. 4, pp. 287-307Contributions to Journals: Articles
Business RegulationBusiness Law in Scotland. Black, G. (ed.). 4th edition. W GreenChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Regulating Consensual Sexual Behaviour Between Older Children: The Case Against the Current Approach under the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009Edinburgh Law Review, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 177-203Contributions to Journals: Articles
Publication Review: Scottish Criminal Evidence Law: Current Developments and Future Trends by P Duff and PR FergusonJuridical Review, no. 2, pp. 146-148Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
AB v HM Advocate: Rationalising Restrictions on the Use of the "Reasonable Belief" DefenceJuridical Review, no. 3, pp. 179-185Contributions to Journals: Review articles
Post-Conviction Review: Questions of Innocence, Independence, and NecessityStetson Law Review, vol. 47, no. 1, pp. 45-84Contributions to Journals: Articles
Jury Directions in Rape Trials in ScotlandEdinburgh Law Review, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 76-82Contributions to Journals: Review articles
The Challenge of “Best Evidence” in Rape Trials: The Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014Edinburgh Law Review, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 279-284Contributions to Journals: Review articles