Dr Isla Callander

Dr Isla Callander
LLB (Hons), LLM, PhD, FHEA


Dr Isla Callander
Dr Isla Callander

Contact Details

work +44 (0)1224 273573
The University of Aberdeen 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


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

Personal Tutor

Level 3 Year Co-ordinator 

LLM Admissions Selector 


PGT Policy Committee 

UG Policy Committee 

Learning & Teaching Committee


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 2020-2021, Isla is coordinating and/or teaching on the following courses:

LS3025 Evidence (course coordinator)

LS/LX4019 Criminal Justice Honours

LS5096 Issues in Criminal Justice LLM 

LS1020 Criminal Law    


Isla has previously coordinated and/or taught on the following courses:

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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