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Professor Gavin McLeod Little

Professor of Environmental & Public Law

Law Division of Law and Philosophy, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom FK9 4LA

Professor Gavin McLeod Little

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About me

Qualifications: LLB (Hons), PhD (Edinburgh), Dip LP (Dundee), Solicitor. 

I graduated LLB from Edinburgh University in 1986 and continued studying there for a PhD after winning an ESRC Collaborative Award in the Social Sciences. I 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, I joined Stirling in 1996 as a Lecturer in Law, before becoming a Senior Lecturer and being appointed to a Professorial Chair in 2004. I 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 I led the development of a number of successful degree programmes, including the professionally accredited Stirling LLB. I set up the Stirling Law School, was its first Head of School (2006-2007) and have served as a member of the University’s Academic Council (2003-2006). I have worked part-time at Stirling since 2007.

I am 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". I am 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, I am 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

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

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

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

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, 2019 Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, University of Oxford

Other Academic Activities

Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Energy Inquiry Committee
The Royal Society of Edinburgh

https://www.rse.org.uk/energyinquiry/
Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Energy Inquiry Committee (Chair, Sir Muir Russell)

Adjunct Professor at Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Queensland University of Technology

Other Project

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

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 at three separate hearings in March 2017, January 2018 and May 2018.

Professional qualification

Enrolled Solicitor in Scotland (non-practising)

University Contribution

Member of University Academic Panel (Research)

Head of Division of Law and Philosophy

Head of the Stirling Law School

Head of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Law

Member of Academic Council

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