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

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 a PhD student in the School of Law having received an Elphinstone Scholarship. Her current PhD research will be looking at politics, 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 classification of murder and the role that malice and forethought 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

- Criminal Law

- Legal History

- Evidence

- Procedural law

Current Research

Law, Politics and the Prosecution of Crime from 1580-1672 in Scotland before the Justiciary Court: this PhD project examines the impact of politics on the prosecution of crimes. To what extent can it be said that the interaction between the judiciary and other governmental institutions affected the prosecution of crimes? This project will explore three pleas of the crown: treason, murder and sedition before the Justiciary Court in the seventeenth century. This project will examine archival materials housed at the National Records of Scotland as well as printed sources.

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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