BA (Hons) Queen's, LLB, LLM (Aberdeen)

Research PG


Contact Details

The University of Aberdeen School of Law
Taylor Building
E Block


Stephanie recently completed her LLM by research (2016) which investigated the prosecution of murder and slaughter before the Justiciary Court, 1625-1650. She is currently an Elphinstone Scholar working towards her PhD in the School of Law.  Her current research will be looking at gender, crime and the prosecution of law in early modern Scotland. She has also been working on exploring her LLM research further by investigating women in law, the role of art and part liability in homicide and treason cases, the classification of murder and the role that malice and aforethought felony had on the prosecution of homicide.

Prior to completing her LLM, Stephanie achieved an accelerated LLB with commendation at the University of Aberdeen in 2015. Before moving to Scotland, she studied history and geography at Queen's University in Canada, successfully completing her Bachelor of Arts with honours in 2013. 

She is currently the President of the Legal Research Society (LRS) for the academic year 2016-2017 and was Secretary of the LRS from 2015-2016. She tutors undergraduate law courses in the School of Law. 


Research Interests

Stephanie's primary research interest are in Scots law - particilarly criminal legal history, evidence and procedural law, as well as gender and the law.

Current Research

Law and the Prosecution of Crime before the Justiciary Court, from 1580-1660s in Scotland: this PhD project examines the impact of the polictial and social context on the prosecution of crimes. To what extent can it be said that the political and social context of the early modern period affected the prosecution of crimes? This project raising interesting questions about Scots criminal law in the early modern period - particularly with reference to gender and the law with the crime of murdering ones own child. Can this research, into the prosecution of earlier forms of infant killing, affect the classification of 'infanticide'? This project will look at 'art and part' liability and the use of such in the early modern period. This project will explore two pleas of the crown: treason and homicide. Archival materials housed at the National Records of Scotland as well as printed sources will be utilized to examine early seventeenth century case law.

Research Grants

Elphinstone Scholarship (2017-2020)

CB Davidson Fund (2016, 2017)

Stair Society (2017)

Friends of Aberdeen University Library (2017)


Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate Law tutor for: 

- Foundations of Private Law 

- Business Law

- Legal Method

- Commercial Consumer Contracts and Insurance Law

- Contract Law



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