Dr Claire McDiarmid

Reader

Law

Personal statement

I joined the Law School as a lecturer in 1999, from the University of Paisley, where I had been teaching since 1997, having obtained degrees from Glasgow University (LLB) and McGill University, Montreal, Canada (LLM).  I worked for Dundas & Wilson CS, from 1989 until 1993, first as a trainee then as a qualified solicitor.  I have been a Reader since 2013. I teach primarily in the area of Criminal Law and this, together with childhood and crime, also constitutes my main research interest. I was a member of the children’s panel for the City of Glasgow from 1996 until 2006.  I am currently the Associate Dean (Postgraduate Research) and the Head of the Graduate School for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Publications

Finding free agreement : the meaning of consent in sexual offences in Scots criminal law
McDiarmid Claire
ConsentSubstantive Issues in Criminal Law, (2016)
After the age of criminal responsibility : a defence for children who offend
McDiarmid Claire
Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly Vol 67, pp. 327-341, (2016)
How do they do that? Automatism, coercion, necessity and mens rea in Scots Law
McDiarmid Claire
General Defences in Criminal LawSubstantive Issues in Criminal Law, (2014)
Scots Criminal Law : A Critical Analysis
Ferguson Pamela R., McDiarmid Claire
(2014)
A victory for fairness and common sense : R v Hughes
McDiarmid Claire, Ferguson Pamela
Edinburgh Law Review Vol 18, pp. 84-88, (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/elr.2014.0188
An age of complexity : children and criminal responsibility in law
McDiarmid Claire
Youth Justice Vol 13, pp. 145-160, (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1473225413492056

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Teaching

My main teaching interest is in Criminal Law which I have taught at all levels (pass degree; honours and masters).  I have also recently created and developed an LLM/MSc module in Childhood and Crime.  I have extensive experience of dissertation supervision at honours, masters and PhD level.  In 2009, Claire received a teaching excellence certificate from the Strathclyde Students’ Union.

Research interests

My research interests are focussed in the areas of children who offend and in criminal law.  I have worked extensively on the age of criminal responsibility and on aspects of the Scottish children’s hearings system.  I have a particular interest in the criminal capacity of the child and in the difficulty for law in dealing with child-criminals – individuals who are, simultaneously, vulnerable and in need of protection as children and, also, offenders.  The relationship between concepts of childhood and criminal law is also important in this context.  I have a monograph in these areas: Childhood and Crime (Dundee University Press: 2007) and I have recently published a piece in a special edition of Youth Justice on the age of criminal responsibility.

In criminal law, I have a general interest in all areas of Scots Criminal Law with a focus on homicide.  I have published on the partial defence of provocation and the mens rea of murder  I am currently working on a second edition of Scots Criminal Law: A Critical Analysis (1st ed: Dundee University Press, 2009) with Professor Pamela Ferguson of the University of Dundee.

Professional activities

contemporary childhoods conference: Scotland's Children: Possible Futures?
Speaker
5/9/2014
Central Law Training: The Criminal Law Conference - June 2014
Contributor
16/6/2014
Gerald Gordon Seminar on Crimina
Invited speaker
12/6/2014
Examiner in Scots Criminal Law
External Examiner
1/1/2013
External Examiner in Criminal Law
External Examiner
1/10/2011

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Projects

The Public Interest and the Child’s Best Interests: Jointly-Reported Children in Scotland
McDiarmid, Claire (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 30-Sep-2017
AHRC - Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland | Gavin, Mhairi
Piacentini, Laura (Principal Investigator) McDiarmid, Claire (Co-investigator) Gavin, Mhairi (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 01-Jan-2018

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