Volume 7: Launch Event 2017

Mitchell Skilling (left) and Laura Bisset from StronachsOn 13 March 2017, the official Launch Event for Volume 7 of the Aberdeen Student Law Review (ASLR) was held in the Craig Suite of the Sir Duncan Rice Library. A number of Law-School Staff members and postgraduate students were in attendance.

The event commenced with introductory remarks from the Head of School, Anne-Michelle Slater, followed by some brief words of thanks and acknowledgement from this year’s editors-in-chief, Augustinus Mohn and Euan West. Thereafter, two of the authors published in Volume 7 gave presentations based on their articles. First to speak was Mitchell Skilling, a recent graduate of the University of Aberdeen. His paper, entitled ‘The Fifth Element’, examined the role that exclusive possession should play in the Scots law of leases. The second presentation was given by Stephanie Dropuljic, a first year PhD student whose paper, ‘The Classification of Murder and Slaughter’, examined the law of homicide in seventeenth century Scotland. While both authors should be commended for their fascinating presentations, additional congratulations are due to Mitchell Skilling, who was awarded the ‘Stronachs Prize’ for ‘Best Article’ by Laura Bisset, a representative of Stronachs. This year, the prize consisted of a cheque for £200.

The editors-in-chief would like to say a sincere ‘thank you’ to all those who came to show their support at the event; to all authors published in this year’s volume; to the editors for their tireless and meticulous work in reviewing and revising submissions; and to Stronachs LLP for their generous and ongoing sponsorship. Volume 7 of the ASLR can be accessed on the University of Aberdeen website.

Volume 6: Launch Event 2015

The official launch ceremony of the Aberdeen Student Law Review Vol 6 (November 2015 issue) was held on Monday 14 December at the Sir Duncan Rice Library. The launch was an opportunity to recognise the meticulous work of everyone who assisted in shaping this Volume and to celebrate the contribution that the ASLR makes to Aberdeen University’s vibrant legal research community.

The event, which was attended by, among others, the Head of Aberdeen Law School, Ms Anne Michelle Slater, and Mr James Downie of Stronachs LLP, consisted of various short presentations by the published authors and socialising thereafter.

In his opening statement, the Managing Editor of the ASLR, Constantinos Yiallourides, highlighted the significance of legal research and topical legal writing in legal education and extended his gratitude to Stronachs LLP and Aberdeen Law School for their continuing assistance in making this publication possible.

Particular congratulations should be extended to DPLP student Emily Young, who won the ‘Stronachs LLP Student Excellence Award’ for the best contribution. Her paper is entitled ’Britain Goes to War: An Analysis of the Developing Role of the House of Commons in Determining Whether HM Forces Should Be Deployed on Military Operations’. The prize will be a two-week work placement with Stronachs LLP at a time mutually agreeable between the awardee and Stronachs LLP.

Volume 5: Launch Event 2014

On November 24th 2014, an informal launch event was hosted in the stunning Craig Suite, 7th Floor, Sir Duncan Rice Library to celebrate the publication of the Aberdeen Student Law Review Volume 5.

With Head of Law School Anne-Michelle Slater opening the event and representatives from Stronachs LLP present, three of the contributing authors (Carry Chen, Alasdair Dickson and Seonaid Cochrane) presented summaries of their articles to an audience comprising faculty members, contributing authors, students, alumni and representatives from Aberdeen’s legal community. 

James Downie, Stronachs LLP, presented a trophy and £250.00 to Alasdair Dickson as a prize for his article, ‘Pipe Dreams, the public and pollution,’ which explores the fractious subject of ‘fracking’.  

Managing Editors Philip Glover and Andrew Merry, ably assisted by Mhairi Gavin and Euan West (Assistant Editors) would like to thank all those who attended, as well as the University Catering Service. Special thanks are due to Farida Ali, who ensured the global postal distribution of the printed editions this year, and to the organisational skills of Sarah Duncan, who effectively secured the venue and the catering. We wish every success to the recently appointed Managing Editors for Volume 6 (2015); Constantinos Yiallourides and Demetris Hadjiosif.

Volume 4: Launch Event 2013

On September 26 2013, a launch event was held in the Sir Duncan Rice Library to celebrate the publication of Volume 4 of the Aberdeen Student Law Review. 

Following the success of 2012’s mini-conference, three of the contributing authors to Volume 4 presented their contributions to an audience comprised of faculty members, contributing  authors, students, alumni and representatives from Aberdeen’s legal community.  Philip Glover presented his article – Proceed with Caution(s): A Critique of the Carloway Review’s Rejection of Statutory Adverse Inference Provisions in Scottish Criminal Law, followed by Katherine Anderson who spoke about the case of Royal Bank of Scotland v Stuart Hill.  The final author to present was Euan West, the deserved winner of the Stronachs LLP Prize for Best Paper 2013.  After presenting his winning article, The Utility of the NESS Test of Factual Causation in Scots Law, Euan was presented with his prize by Magnus Mackay, an Associate at Stronachs LLP.   

The editorial board of 2012-2013 would like to congratulate all of this year’s authors and to extend our thanks to everyone who attended what was a very stimulating and enjoyable launch event.  

Volume Three: Launch Event 2012

On 26th July 2012, an event was held to mark the launch of the third issue of the successful student-run journal, the Aberdeen Student Law Review (ASLR). Alumni from local law firms, staff from the Law School and authors whose work had been published in the issue joined the editorial board to celebrate the event.

The occasion offered an opportunity to present the Stronachs LLP Prize for the Best Paper 2012. After much deliberation between the judges, the £250 prize was awarded to James Clark for his outstanding paper, Forced Marriage: the Evolution of a New International Criminal Norm.

The inaugural ASLR ‘Mini-conference’ was organised to coincide with the launch. James presented his prize-winning paper along with three other authors - Tom Richard, The UK Supreme Court’s Jurisdiction over Scottish Criminal Cases; Catherine Guthrie, Scottish Limitations to Testamentary Freedom and Freedom of Religion under Article 9, ECHR; and Caroline Hood, A Tale of Two Cities: Devolution, Independence and the Constitution - to an eager audience. Congratulations must go to all four authors for their fascinating presentations.

Volume Two: Launch Event 2011

On Thursday 28 July 2011 a launch event was held at the University of Aberdeen to promote the publication of our second issue. The event was attended by representatives from local law firms, staff from the University’s Law School, and successful contributors.

ASLR available on HeinOnline and Westlaw LJI

The Aberdeen Student Law Review is now available for full download via the HeinOnline legal database. In addition, ASLR is listed on the Westlaw Legal Journals Index. This development means that our student-led journal can now be accessed by law students and academics across the world.

Stronachs Sponsorship Confirmed

The Editorial Board are delighted to announce that Stronachs LLP have been confirmed as the official sponsors of the Aberdeen Student Law Review for the current and forthcoming editorial cycles.

This sponsorship agreement, confirmed in February 2011, ensures that the ASLR can develop in the legal journals market and makes our continued publication possible. We would like to express our thanks to Stronachs for their ongoing support.

Volume One: Launch Event 2010

On Thursday 22 July 2010 a launch event was held to promote the publication of our first issue. The event was attended by our Patron, the Hon. Lord Woolman, representatives from local law firms, staff from the University’s Law School, and successful contributors.

The ceremony was photographed by Brian Kiloh photography. A selection of photographs from the event are included below.

Dominic Scullion (managing editor 2009-2100) Calum Stacey (assistant editor 2009-2010), Dominic Scullion and Leanne Bain (assistant editor 2009-2010, managing editor 2010-2011)
The Hon. Lord Woolman and Leanne Bain Professor Margaret Ross making
a presentation to Dominic Scullion