Dr Rachel McPherson

  • Lecturer in Criminal Law (School of Law)

telephone: 0141 330 1777
email: Rachel.Mcpherson@glasgow.ac.uk

Room 316, Stair Building, University of Glasgow

Biography

Rachel’s expertise lies in Criminal Law and Evidence and Family Law. She is particularly interested in legal responses to domestic abuse and legal definitions and conceptions of vulnerability, particularly in relation to the accused. Her PhD thesis, submitted in 2013, was entitled Access to justice: Women who kill, self-defence and pre-trial decision making.

She is currently working on the ESRC project Access to justice, alternative dispute resolution and consumer vulnerability in the European energy sector with Dr Chris Gill (University of Glasgow) and Dr Naomi Creutzfeld (University of Westminster) (see https://esrcjustenergy.wordpress.com/). She is also involved in ongoing research, alongside Professor Cyrus Tata (University of Strathclyde), on the issues surrounding sentencing in death by driving cases.

She has worked across a range of research projects including those funded by the ESRC, Glasgow City Council, Scottish Sentencing Council, Scottish Government, and Scottish Institute for Policing Research on issues such as hate crime, police officers’ understanding of medico-legal intervention in the processing of sexual assault cases, rape attrition, the pilot scheme initiatives of ‘Clare’s Law’ and a range of sentencing issues (sentencing discounts, death by driving cases, sexual offences and the sentencing of young people).

Research interests

  • Access to justice
  • Criminal law
  • Criminal justice
  • Family law
  • Gender and the law
  • Law of evidence
  • Legal responses to domestic abuse
  • Socio-legal research methodologies

Publications

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Number of items: 11.

2020

McPherson, R. (2020) Sutherland v HM Advocate: the right to privacy, evidence gathering and the integrity of justice in a digital age. Judicial Review, (Accepted for Publication)

Creutzfeldt, N., Gill, C., McPherson, R. and Cornelis, M. (2020) The social and local dimensions of governance of energy poverty: adaptive responses to state remoteness. Journal of Consumer Policy, 43, pp. 635-658. (doi: 10.1007/s10603-019-09442-z)

2019

McPherson, R. (2019) Battered Woman Syndrome, diminished responsibility and women who kill: insights from Scottish case law. Journal of Criminal Law, 83(5), pp. 381-393. (doi: 10.1177/0022018319858506)

McPherson, R. (2019) Donegan v HM Advocate: a step in the right direction for female complainers in sexual offences? Edinburgh Law Review, 23(3), pp. 406-411. (doi: 10.3366/elr.2019.0577)

McPherson, R. (2019) Entrapment and the road to fraud. Juridical Review, 2019(3), pp. 277-281.

2018

McPherson, R. and Tata, C. (2018) Causing Death by Driving Offences: Literature Review. Other. Scottish Sentencing Council, Edinburgh, UK.

2017

McPherson, R. (2017) Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation: Analysis of Questionnaire Responses. Other. Scottish Government, Edinburgh, UK.

2015

McPherson, R. (2015) Pamela R Ferguson and Claire McDiarmid, 'Scots Criminal Law: A Critical Analysis'. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (www.euppublishing.com), 2014. lxv + 701 pp. ISBN 9781845861308. £40. Edinburgh Law Review, 19(2), pp. 297-298. (doi: 10.3366/elr.2015.0290)[Book Review]

2013

McPherson, R. (2013) The procedure of agreed narratives: Procedural efficiency or a concern for justice? Juridical Review, 141,

2012

McPherson, R. (2012) Fatal self-defence against rape: A call for clarification in Scots Law. Juridical Review, 111,

McPherson, R. (2012) Domestic abuse and partner homicide. SCOLAG Legal Journal, 411(4),

This list was generated on Mon Sep 28 16:58:07 2020 BST.
Number of items: 11.

Articles

McPherson, R. (2020) Sutherland v HM Advocate: the right to privacy, evidence gathering and the integrity of justice in a digital age. Judicial Review, (Accepted for Publication)

Creutzfeldt, N., Gill, C., McPherson, R. and Cornelis, M. (2020) The social and local dimensions of governance of energy poverty: adaptive responses to state remoteness. Journal of Consumer Policy, 43, pp. 635-658. (doi: 10.1007/s10603-019-09442-z)

McPherson, R. (2019) Battered Woman Syndrome, diminished responsibility and women who kill: insights from Scottish case law. Journal of Criminal Law, 83(5), pp. 381-393. (doi: 10.1177/0022018319858506)

McPherson, R. (2019) Donegan v HM Advocate: a step in the right direction for female complainers in sexual offences? Edinburgh Law Review, 23(3), pp. 406-411. (doi: 10.3366/elr.2019.0577)

McPherson, R. (2019) Entrapment and the road to fraud. Juridical Review, 2019(3), pp. 277-281.

McPherson, R. (2013) The procedure of agreed narratives: Procedural efficiency or a concern for justice? Juridical Review, 141,

McPherson, R. (2012) Fatal self-defence against rape: A call for clarification in Scots Law. Juridical Review, 111,

McPherson, R. (2012) Domestic abuse and partner homicide. SCOLAG Legal Journal, 411(4),

Book Reviews

McPherson, R. (2015) Pamela R Ferguson and Claire McDiarmid, 'Scots Criminal Law: A Critical Analysis'. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (www.euppublishing.com), 2014. lxv + 701 pp. ISBN 9781845861308. £40. Edinburgh Law Review, 19(2), pp. 297-298. (doi: 10.3366/elr.2015.0290)[Book Review]

Research Reports or Papers

McPherson, R. and Tata, C. (2018) Causing Death by Driving Offences: Literature Review. Other. Scottish Sentencing Council, Edinburgh, UK.

McPherson, R. (2017) Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation: Analysis of Questionnaire Responses. Other. Scottish Government, Edinburgh, UK.

This list was generated on Mon Sep 28 16:58:07 2020 BST.

Grants

  • Scottish Sentencing Council (2019) Analysis of Judicial Consultations on Sentencing £1,575
  • Scottish Sentencing Council (2019) Sentencing Discount, tendered in association with University of Strathclyde, £10, 057.69
  • Scottish Sentencing Council (2019) Public Perceptions of Sentencing Survey, tendered in association with Ipsos MORI, £45,000
  • Scottish Sentencing Council (2019) Public Perceptions of Sentencing in the Scottish Courts, tendered in associated with ScotCen, £39,982.00
  • Scottish Sentencing Council (2018) Death by Driving Literature Review, tendered in association with University of Strathclyde, £6,210.00
  • Scottish Government (2017) Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation £2,500.00
  • Glasgow City Council (2017) Hate Crime Service Provision £2,500.00

Supervision

Rachel is interested in supervising students with an interest in any aspect of criminal law and criminal justice; the law of evidence; family law and gender and the law. 

Teaching

  • Children’s Rights
  • Criminal Law and Evidence
  • Criminal Law: History and Theory
  • Family Law
  • Issues in Family Law
  • Honours Dissertation Supervisor