Laura Sharp
First Name: Laura
Surname: Sharp
Position: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263414

Duties and Responsibilities

Laura Sharp is a senior lecturer in the law School. Academic and professionals Skills development co-ordinator for law.

Academic Background

LLB (Hons) and Dip LP University of Glasgow, MA (Hons) in Philosophy University of Aberdeen and LLM on the Evidence of Children and other Potentially Vulnerable witnesses Aberdeen.

Research Interests

Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, The link between law reform and government policy, the tension between efficiency and effectiveness in criminal justice law and policy.

PhD Supervision

She is interested in supervising on all areas within her research interests, but particularly interested in applications in the following topic areas: 

  • The extent of prosecutorial discretion: transparency, accountability and the scope for legal challenge
  • Victims and witnesses in Scotland: is effectiveness and due process being sacrificed to efficiency and crime control
  • Sentencing guidelines in Scotland in the light of the trend towards individualised sentencing
  • Ensuring fairness for the vulnerable accused

Current Research

Accountability of the Lord Advocate and Procurator Fiscal, Alternatives to Criminal court proceedings.


2007: (with D. Auchie and S. Henderson) Grant from Clark Foundation for Legal Education into Dock Identification in Scottish Criminal Trials.

2009: (with R. Smith, P. Spicker and L. Strangward) Grant from Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland on Complaints about the Police 2009.

Professional Memberships

Law Society of Scotland, non-practising solicitor

External / Professional Roles

Director of North East Sensory Services NESS.


Middlemiss, S., and Sharp, L., 'A Critical Analysis of the Law of Stalking in Scotland,' J Crim L 2009 73(1) 89-114.

Sharp L, ‘The Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004: A case of legislate now and implement whenever?’ 2009 SCL 329-330

2009: Journal Article 'Anonymous Witnesses' in 2009 Scottish Criminal Law 1.

2008:  Anderson, C and others. Social Work Law in Scotland Gibbons-Wood, L. (ed), Sharp, L. (2nd ed). Edinburgh: Thomson/W.Green ISBN 978-0-414-01448-0 (3 chapters).

2008: Sharp L and Ross, M., The Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004 Text and Commentary. Dundee. Dundee University Press ISBN 978-1-84586-045-5.

2008-date: Green's Scottish Social Work Legislation, edited by Mays, Division Editor on Offenders.

Pending  Sharp L , The Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act Section 38: The implications of Paterson v Harvie (accepted and due to be published in the June 2016 edition)