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

Research PG


Contact Details

The University of Aberdeen School of Law
Taylor Building
E Block


Stephanie is originally from Canada but has been living and studying in Scotland for the past five years. An Elphinstone Scholar working towards her PhD in the School of Law, Stephanie recently completed her postgraduate research masters in law which investigated the prosecution of murder and slaughter before the justiciary court, 1625-1650. Her current research will be looking at crime and the prosecution of law in early-modern Scotland. Part of her project will involve working on cataloguing homicide and treason cases that were prosecuted before the justiciary court 1580-1650. She has been investigating women in law, the role of criminal liability, crime and punishment, and the role that malice/aforethought felony had on the prosecution of homicide.

Prior to completing her Masters of Law, Stephanie achieved an accelerated law degree 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 was the President of the Legal Research Society for the academic year 2016-2017 and was Secretary from 2015-2016. She is currently an honorary member of the Stair Society, a member of the Scottish Legal History Group and teaches tutorials at the School of Law on a variety of subjects. Previously, she was a research assistant working on ‘Calendaring Crisis, 1649-1651’ connected with the Aberdeen Burgh Records Project.


Research Interests

Stephanie's primary research interest are in Scots criminal law - particularly legal history, with a focus in procedural law and gender and the law.


Current Research

Law and the Prosecution of Crime before the justiciary court, from 1580-1650s 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 will consider gender and the law, crime and punishment and criminal liability. Research conducted for this project will explore two pleas of the crown: treason and homicide. Archival materials housed at the National Records of Scotland (Edinburgh) as well as printed sources will be used to examine early-modern case law. Cases prosecuted before the justiciary court will also be catalogued in an index to her research. 





Research Grants

Elphinstone Scholarship (2017-2020)

Postgraduate bursary awards:

  • Friends of Aberdeen University Library  (2017)
  • Stair Society (2017)
  • CB Davidson Fund (2016, 2017)
  • Clark Foundation for Legal Education (2017)

Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate Law tutor for: 

  • Foundations of Private Law 
  • Business Law
  • Legal Method
  • Commercial Consumer Contracts and Insurance Law
  • Contract Law
  • Property Law
  • Delict and Unjustified Enrichment
  • Commerial Organisations and Insolvency 




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