Academic

By day, I am a Lecturer in Law at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland.

My academic research and teaching mainly focuses on criminal law and evidence, miscarriages of justice, constitutional law and legal philosophy.

I am particularly interested in the interaction between law and politics and policy-making, and have given written and oral evidence in the Scottish Parliament on several occasions, including in the scrutiny of the Bill to repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018, and the Scotland Act 2016. I am also a trustee of ScottishPEN, and have been active in our efforts to reform defamation law in Scotland better to protect free expression in this country.

I am also interested in legal broadcasting and contributing to the public understanding of law. During 2018 and 2019, I acted as the legal consultant to the first two series of Denise Mina’s Case Histories for BBC Radio Scotland, which explored some of the most famous (and infamous) cases in Scottish legal history.