Isla joined the School of Law at the University of Aberdeen in August 2017. Isla's expertise and research interests lie in criminal law, justice, evidence and procedure, and she teaches in these areas amongst others.
Isla is a member of the Centre for Scots Law, an Associate Researcher with the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, and a commentator on the Scottish Feminist Judgments Project. During 2018 she spent time as a visiting scholar at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, and in 2015 she spent a semester as a visiting researcher in the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland, with the support of the Clark Foundation for Legal Education.
Isla was previously awarded her PhD with no corrections from the University of Glasgow, for her thesis titled ‘Improving the Statutory Regulation of Consensual Adolescent Sexual Behaviour in Scotland’. She was awarded the Criminal Law and Criminalisation PhD Scholarship by the University of Glasgow to undertake this PhD research, and worked under the supervision of Professor James Chalmers, Regius Professor of Law and Professor Fiona Leverick, Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. 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.
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 post conviction review schemes.
Isla and her colleague Dr Elizabeth Shaw are currently undertaking a project investigating the use of neuroscientific evidence by counsel for the accused in criminal cases in Scotland. This project is funded by the Clark Foundation for Legal Education.
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).
Isla co-ordinates and/or teaches on the following courses:
LS551R Criminal Evidence and Proof
LS1527 English Criminal Law
LS1020 Criminal Law
LS2526 Family Law
LS501T/LS551T Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship (on campus)
LS502V/LS552X Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship (online)
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- I Callander and E Shaw, 'Neuroscientific Evidence in Scottish Criminal Cases' (Royal College of Psychiatrists - Philosophy Special Interest Group, Conference in Honour of Professor Eric Matthews, University of Aberdeen, 20 December 2018)
- I Callander, ‘Consensual Sexual Behaviour Between Adolescents: Improving the Statutory Frameworks in Scotland and England and Wales’ (Panel on Sexual Offences and Offending, Socio-Legal Studies Association 2018 Annual Conference, School of Law, University of Bristol, 28 March 2018)
- I Callander, ‘The Criminalisation of Consensual Sexual Behaviour between Adolescents: Implications for Access to Sexual Health Care and Advice’ (Panel on Sex, Gender and Consent, Children’s Right to Health Conference, Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health / Sussex School of Law, University of Sussex, 11 December 2017)
- I Callander, 'Consensual Sexual Behaviour Between Adolescents: Improving the Statutory Framework in Scotland’ (Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research Working Lunch Seminar / Gender Based Violence Research Forum, 21 June 2017)
- I Callander, ‘The Legal Regulation of Consensual Adolescent Sexual Activity’ (University of Glasgow Criminal Law Forum, 21 April 2015)
- I Callander, ‘The Unreliability of Jury Decision-Making in Rape Trials in Scotland’ (Sixth Annual Gerald Gordon Seminar on Criminal Law, University of Glasgow, 12 June 2014)