- Regius Professor of Law (School of Law)
- Adviser Of Studies (Social Sciences College Academic and Student Administration)
telephone: 0141 330 5408
James Chalmers was appointed to the Regius Chair of Law in 2012, having previously taught at the Universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen. He is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and the Tulane University of Louisiana, has previously taught (on a visiting basis) at the Universities of Baltimore, Cape Town and Maryland, and held a visiting research fellowship at Queen Mary, University of London in 2007.
His research is primarily in the area of criminal law, evidence and procedure, and he has broader interests in Scots law and the Scottish legal system, and the relationship between law and public health. This research has been supported by funding from a variety of sources, including the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy and the Scottish Government. His published books include The New Law of Sexual Offences in Scotland (2010), Walker and Walker: The Law of Evidence in Scotland (3rd edition, 2009, with Margaret Ross), Legal Responses to HIV and AIDS (2008), Criminal Defences and Pleas in Bar of Trial (2006, with Fiona Leverick) and Trusts: Cases and Materials (2002). He has published over 80 book chapters and articles in a wide range of journals.
Professor Chalmers is currently Editor of the Edinburgh Law Review, a member of the Criminal Courts Rules Council and the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society of Scotland, and a trustee of HIV Scotland, Scotland’s national HIV policy charity. In 2011, he was named as one of the founding members of the Young Academy of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has regularly provided professional training for practicing lawyers, judges, doctors and other healthcare professionals, as well as evidence to the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament.