Shona Warwick (LLB(Hons) AFHEA)

Thesis title: The Lease and the Licence in Scots law: A historical-doctrinal analysis


Originally from the Highlands of Scotland, Shona moved to Edinburgh to complete the LLB at the University of Edinburgh, gaining a First Class Honours Degree in 2017. Discovering she enjoyed the research aspects of her undergraduate degree, Shona decided to pursue a PhD in Law and is currently in her third year. Her chosen topic is the Scottish law of leases. Outside her studies, she is actively involved in several university societies.

Shona has also co-founded and co-convenes the Edinburgh Centre for Private Law Discussion Group. Shona also currently content edits for the Edinburgh Student Law Review, and is an organiser of the upcoming 2021 Edinburgh Postrgaduate Law Conference. 

Shona is currently enrolled in the Ius Commune Research School PhD Training Programme.


First Class LLB(Hons)


Responsibilities & affiliations

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Undergraduate teaching

Shona is currently a Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Open Learning, University of Edinburgh, on the Introduction to Scots Law Course. She is also an Ordinary Tutor at Edinburgh Law School for Contract Law, Business Law and Commercial Law. She has previously also tutored Family Law, and Business Entities. In 2020, Shona taught several modules of the Honours level Commercial Leases course.

Research summary

Shona's PhD focuses on the Scots law of leases, with a focus on the contractual elements of the lease and a comparison with the licence to occupy in Scots law. Her PhD has a strong historical element, considering the Scottish Institutional writers and early case law, as well as a comparative element, considering the experiences with leases and licences of legal systems who share similarities with Scots law.

Project activity

Ius Commune Research School PhD Programme

Conference details

23rd Ius Commune Conference, Amsterdam, 2018

SULI Conference, Dundee, 2019