Dr Isla Callander

Dr Isla Callander
Dr Isla Callander
Dr Isla Callander

LLB (Hons), LLM, PhD, FHEA

Senior Lecturer

Accepting PhDs

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 273573
School of Law


Isla is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and Co-Director of the University's Centre for Scots Law.

Isla's expertise and research interests lie in criminal law, justice, evidence and procedure. Along with Professor Margaret Ross and Professor James Chalmers, Isla is a co-author of the fifth edition of Walker and Walker: The Law of Evidence in Scotland (Bloomsbury, 2020). Her research work has been published in a number of academic journals, and she has been a principal or co-investigator on a number of funded research projects, including by the Scottish Universities Law Institute, Clark Foundation for Legal Education and European Commission. She previously contributed to the Scottish Feminist Judgments Project, as the academic commentator on the re-written judgment in Smith v Lees. Isla is interested in comparative research, and has been a visiting scholar at University College Cork (2023), Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto (2018) and the University of Queensland (2015). Isla is an Associate Researcher of the Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research.

Isla coordinates and/or teaches upon several courses relating to criminal law, justice, and evidence at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Co-Director of the Centre for Scots Law

Treasurer and Academic Board Member, Aberdeen Humanities Fund

Elected Senator for the School of Law

External Memberships

External Examiner, University of Edinburgh

Vice-Chair and Examiner, Board of Examiners of the 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.




Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Law.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Criminal Law

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.


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 2023-2024, Isla is coordinating and/or teaching on the following courses:

LS3025 Evidence (course coordinator)

LS/LX4019 Criminal Justice Honours

LS/LX401E Gender, Law and Society Honours


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

LS5096 Issues in Criminal Justice LLM 

LS/LX452K Children, Young People and Crime (course coordinator) 

LS1020 Criminal Law

LS/LX451V Criminal Evidence Honours

LS551R Criminal Evidence and Proof LLM

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