Ilona joined the School of Law as a lecturer in February 2014 after initially joining the School as an AHRC funded PhD student in 2011. She was promoted to senior lecturer in 2021.
Ilona has expertise in criminal law, evidence, family law and gender and the law and has experience teaching in these areas at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her current research focuses mainly on the regulation and reform of the law relating to sexual offences and domestic abuse. She is particularly interested in these issues from an evidential standpoint and several of her publications relate to the Scottish corroboration rule, sexual offences and domestic abuse. Ilona has recently published on the application of the Moorov doctrine in the context of proving the new Scottish offence of domestic abuse and (with Dr Isla Callander) on how this offence applies to children.
Ilona would be open to requests to supervise students with an interest in any aspect of criminal law & justice; the law of evidence; family law and gender & the law (including feminist approaches to law).
- Student Progress Convenor (Law)
- Research Committee
- Learning & Teaching Committee
- UG Policy Committee
- Personal tutor
‘Gold Standard' Legislation for Adults Only: Reconceptualising Children as ‘Adjoined Victims' Under the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018Social and Legal Studies, vol. 31, no. 6, pp. 914–940Contributions to Journals: Articles
Book review of Chris Ashford and Alexander Maine (eds), Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and the LawEdinburgh Law Review, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 137-139Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Moorov Doctrine and Coercive Control: Proving a ‘course of behaviour’ under s. 1 of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018International Journal of Evidence and Proof, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 396-417Contributions to Journals: Articles
Response to Scottish Law Commission Discussion Paper on Aspects of Family Law: Cohabitation (DP No 170)University of Aberdeen: School of Law.Other Contributions: Other Contributions
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
Ilona has taught on the following courses at the School of Law:
- Family Law (Ordinary)
- Evidence (Ordinary)
- Criminal Law (Ordinary)
- Gender, Law and Society (Honours)
- Criminal Law (LLM)
- Criminal Evidence & Proof (LLM)
Ilona currently co-ordinates Family Law Ordinary, Gender, Law & Society (Hons) and Criminal Evidence and Proof (LLM).
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Does the abolition of corroboration in Scotland hold promise for victims of gender-based crimes?: Some feminist insightsCriminal Law Review, vol. 8, pp. 640-655Contributions to Journals: Articles
Gender Mainstreaming & ‘Equality Proofing’ in British Law-Making: A Comment on the Impact of the Equality Act 2010Aberdeen Student Law Review, vol. 4, pp. 92-104Contributions to Journals: Articles