Gavin graduated LLB (Honours) from Edinburgh University in 1986 and continued studying there for a PhD after winning an ESRC Collaborative Award in the Social Sciences. He was a Lecturer in Law at Dundee University between 1988 and 1993, and then went on to take the Diploma in Legal Practice and train as a solicitor. After being enrolled, he joined Stirling in 1996 as a Lecturer in Law, before becoming a Senior Lecturer and being appointed to a Professorial Chair in 2004. He was a Director of the MSc in Investment Analysis and then Head of the multi-disciplinary Department of Accounting, Finance and Law (2002-2006). During this time he led the development of a number of successful degree programmes, including the professionally accredited Stirling LLB. He set up the Stirling Law School, was its first Head of School (2006-2007) and has served as a member of the University’s Academic Council (2003-2006). He has worked part-time at Stirling since 2007, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Gavin is a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Energy Inquiry Committee and was Principal Investigator of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Network in the Arts and Humanities "Connecting with a low-carbon Scotland". He is also a Co-Director of Scotland's Land Futures; and a member of the editorial advisory board of the Juridical Review, the law journal of the Scottish Universities.
Currently, he is Co-investigator of the Medical Research Council funded research project “The Right to Health in Prison”, which is exploring socio-cultural influences on the right to health care for young offenders in Brazil and Scotland.
Divisional / Faculty Contribution
Law Research Mentor
Law REF Co-ordinator
Law RAE Co-ordinator
Lead for University of Stirling Faculty of Arts and Humanities research group on environment and energy University of Stirling
Event / Presentation
Panel member at Royal Society of Edinburgh Energy Inquiry event at SNP Annual Conference with Mr Paul Wheelhouse MSP (the Scottish Government Energy Minister) and Prof Raffaella Ocone FRSE (Chaired by the Rt Hon Sir George Reid, former Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament). The Royal Society of Edinburgh
Appeared before the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee of the Scottish Parliament to give evidence on the Royal Society of Edinburgh Energy Inquiry Report (as a member of the RSE Inquiry and co-author of the report) The Royal Society of Edinburgh and Scottish Parliament
Distinguished Guest Speaker at the Institute of Social Science Research, University of Dundee University of Dundee
13 November 2019. The Institute of Social Science Research is a research institute which brings together four faculties at the University of Dundee. Title of talk: 'Exploring Interdisciplinarity: Energy Law and the Humanities'.
Distinguished guest speaker: 2019 Reflections on the growing importance of interdisciplinary research across the arts and humanities on energy and environmental problems, South Western Petroleum University Law Forum, Chengdu, China
Distinguished guest speaker: 2019 Sichuan University Law School, Key features of European Union environmental governance, Chengdu, China Sichuan University
Keynote speaker: 2019 Society of Legal Scholars Energy Section
May 2018 Presented written and oral evidence on request to the Environment, Climate and Land Reform Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the implications of Brexit for environmental law and governance. Scottish Parliament
Keynote speaker: 2018 Petrocultures Conference, University of Glasgow University of Alberta
Keynote speaker: 2018 Investigating the Impact of Law through Interdisciplinary Research Conference , Monash University Campus, Florence, Italy Monash University
January 2018 Presented written and oral evidence on request to the Environment, Climate and Land Reform Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the implications of Brexit for environmental law and governance. Scottish Parliament
Distinguished guest speaker: 2018 book launch for Climate and Energy Governance for the UK Low Carbon Transition by Thomas L. Muinzer, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee University of Dundee
March 2017 Presented written and oral evidence on request to the Environment, Climate and Land Reform Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the implications of Brexit for environmental law and governance The Scottish Parliament
Keynote speaker at 2017 UK Energy Law and Policy Association
2016 Panel member with Prof Elizabeth Fisher (University of Oxford) and Dr Ole Pederson (University of Newcastle) discussing interdisciplinary environmental law scholarship in practice, 2016 Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, University of Oxford
External Examiners and Validations
External PhD Examiner, Faculty of Law, University of Exeter
External Examiner at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee University of Dundee
External PhD Examiner, Faculty of Law, University of Leeds
Other Academic Activities
Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Energy Inquiry Committee The Royal Society of Edinburgh
The overall objective of Gavin's research is to develop the integration of legal/regulatory analysis with the humanities and social sciences.
Areas of expertise: legal and regulatory aspects of energy governance, low carbon transition and environmental change; energy and environmental humanities; environmental and public law; interdisciplinary collaboration on governance regimes.
Muinzer TL & Little GM (2020) A Stocktake of Legal Research on the United Kingdom’s Climate Change Act: Present Understandings, Future Opportunities. In: Roggenkamp MM & Banet C (eds.) European Energy Law Report Volume XIII. Cambridge, UK: Intersentia, pp. 421-442. 9781780689487.
Russell M, Lunn R, Harley S, Harrison G, Little G, McArthur S, Smith P, Turner K, Underhil J & Webb J (2019) Scotland's Energy Future. Royal Society of Edinburgh. RSE Inquiry. Edinburgh. http://www.rse.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Energy-Report-for-Web-2.pdf
Savaresi A & Little GM (2018) Written evidence from Dr Annalisa Savaresi and Professor Gavin MacLeod Little to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee of the Scottish Parliament hearing of 1 May 2018. Scottish Parliament. Edinburgh. http://www.parliament.scot/S5_Environment/Inquiries/012_Little_and_Savaresi_EEAW.pdf
Little G, Macdonald G & Stephan H (2018) The Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Network in the Arts and Humanities Connecting with a low-carbon Scotland: Disciplinary and interdisciplinary reports, recommendations and research questions. University of Stirling.
Little G (2018) Written evidence from Prof Little to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee of the Scottish Parliament hearing of 23 January 2018. Scottish Parliament. http://www.parliament.scot/S5_Environment/General%20Documents/Gavin_Little_Stirling_University_written_submission.pdf
Little G (2017) Written evidence from Prof Little to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee of the Scottish Parliament hearing of 14 March 2017. Scottish Government. Edinburgh: Scottish Parliament. http://www.parliament.scot/S5_Environment/General%20Documents/Gavin_Little_submission.pdf
Little G (2016) Energy and Environment Studies: the Role of Legal Scholarship. In: Heffron R & Little G (eds.) Delivering Energy Law and Policy in the EU and the US: A Reader. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 601-604. https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-delivering-energy-law-and-policy-in-the-eu-and-the-us.html
Heffron R & Little G (eds.) (2016) Delivering Energy Law and Policy in the EU and the US: A Reader. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-delivering-energy-law-and-policy-in-the-eu-and-the-us.html
Little G (2015) European Union Environmental Law. In: McManus F (ed.) Environmental Law in Scotland [Loose-leaf]. Edinburgh: W.Green p. Title 19. http://www.sweetandmaxwell.co.uk/Catalogue/ProductDetails.aspx?productid=230990&recordid=3341
Sutherland EE, Goodall K, Little G & Davidson F (2011) Law Making and the Scottish Parliament: The Early Years in Context. In: Sutherland E, Goodall K, Little G & Davidson F (eds.) Law Making and the Scottish Parliament: The Early Years. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 3-8. http://edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com/view/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640195.001.0001/upso-9780748640195-chapter-001
Little GFM (2011) The Reform of the Scottish Judiciary. In: Davidson FP, Goodall KE, Little GFM & Sutherland EE (eds.) Law Making and the Scottish Parliament: The Early Years. Edinburgh Studies in Law, 9. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 183-207. https://doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640195.003.0027
Sutherland EE, Goodall K, Little G & Davidson F (eds.) (2011) Law Making and the Scottish Parliament: The Early Years. Edinburgh Studies in Law. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. http://www.euppublishing.com/book/9780748640195
Little G (2010) A Flag in the Wind: MacCormick v Lord Advocate. In: Grant J & Sutherland E (eds.) Scots Law Tales. Dundee: Dundee University Press, pp. 24-44. http://www.wildy.com/isbn/9781845860677/scots-law-tales-paperback-dundee-university-press
Little G (2007) The Regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms as an Environmental Risk. In: McManus F (ed.) Environmental Law in Scotland. Scottish Universities Law Institute (SULI). Edinburgh: W Green, pp. 7/1-7/40.
Campbell K, Goodacre A & Little G (2006) Ranking of United Kingdom law journals: An analysis of the Research Assessment Exercise 2001 submissions and results. Journal of Law and Society, 33 (3), pp. 335-363. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6478.2006.00362.x
Vick D, Murray A, Little G & Campbell K (1998) The Perceptions of Academic Lawyers Concerning the Effects of the United Kingdom's Research Assessment Exercise. Journal of Law and Society, 25 (4), pp. 536-561. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-6478.00102
McLeod Little G (1996) Historical Introduction to Electoral Law. In: The Laws of Scotland: Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia Volume 15. [Obligations, Parliamentary and other elections].. LexisNexis/Law Society of Scotland, pp. 618-640.
McLeod Little G (1991) Local Administration in Scotland; The Role of the Sheriff. In: Finnie W, Walker N & Himsworth C (eds.) Edinburgh Essays in Public Law. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 296-314.
Mcleod Little G (1988) History of Local Government. In: The laws of Scotland : Stair memorial encyclopaedia. Vol.14, [Local government, Location: leasing and hire of moveables, Medical and allied professions, Medicines, poisons and drugs, Meetings, Mental health, Messengers-at-arms and sheriff officers, Mines and quarries, Money and means of exchange, Nationality and citizenship, Nuisance].. The Laws of Scotland: Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia., 14. Edinburgh: LexisNexis/Law Society of Scotland, pp. 8-33.