Dr Isla Callander

Dr Isla Callander
Dr Isla Callander

Dr Isla Callander

LLB (Hons), LLM, PhD, FHEA



Room 46C, Block C
Taylor Building
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3UB


Academic Background

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

Internal Memberships

Strategic Activity Lead for Research Funding (Centre for Scots Law)

Personal Tutor



External Memberships

Member, Criminal Law Committee of Law Society of Scotland

Scots Criminal Law Examiner, Law Society of Scotland

Fellow, Higher Education Academy 


Research Overview

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).


Teaching Responsibilities

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 Scotland

    Ross, M. L., Chalmers, J., Callander, I.
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Smith v Lees 1997 SCCR 139: Judgment

    Cairns, I., Callander, I.
    Scottish Feminist Judgments. Cowan, S., Kennedy, C., Munro, V. (eds.). Hart Publishing, pp. 39-53, 15 pages
    Chapters 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?

    Callander, I., Leverick, F.
    Juridical Review, no. 4, pp. 287-307
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Business Regulation

    Callander, I., Callander, A., Gordon, G. W.
    Business Law in Scotland. Black, G. (ed.). 4th edition. W Green
    Chapters 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 2009

    Callander, I.
    Edinburgh Law Review, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 177-203
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Publication Review: Scottish Criminal Evidence Law: Current Developments and Future Trends by P Duff and PR Ferguson

    Callander, I. M. F.
    Juridical Review, no. 2, pp. 146-148
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
  • AB v HM Advocate: Rationalising Restrictions on the Use of the "Reasonable Belief" Defence

    Callander, I.
    Juridical Review, no. 3, pp. 179-185
    Contributions to Journals: Review articles
  • Post-Conviction Review: Questions of Innocence, Independence, and Necessity

    Leverick, F., Campbell, K., Callander, I.
    Stetson Law Review, vol. 47, no. 1, pp. 45-84
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Jury Directions in Rape Trials in Scotland

    Callander, I. M. F.
    Edinburgh Law Review, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 76-82
    Contributions to Journals: Review articles
  • The Challenge of “Best Evidence” in Rape Trials: The Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014

    Callander, I.
    Edinburgh Law Review, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 279-284
    Contributions to Journals: Review articles


Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Journals