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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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Qualifications: LLB (Honours), PhD (Edinburgh), Dip LP (Dundee), Solicitor (non-practising), FRSA.

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

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

Professional Career

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

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

Member of Academic Council

Head of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Law

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