Whittaker, Sean

Dr, Dr

  • Lecturer (Teaching and Research), Law
  • 1 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
20132019
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Personal profile

Research

Biography

Following Dr Sean Whittaker’s graduation from the University of Dundee LLM Programme in Environmental Law, he began his doctoral studies in University College Cork, Ireland. He was awarded his doctorate in 2018, which was titled “Legal Transplants and Regimes Governing Access to Environmental Information in England and Wales, the United States and China”. Before being appointed as a lecturer Dr Whittaker worked as a judicial assistant in the High Court of Ireland under Judge Caroline Costello and as a post-doctoral research at the University of Dundee for the “Uncovering the Environment: The Use of Public Access to Environmental Information” project. He is currently the Executive Director of the Centre for Freedom of Information at the University of Dundee, and has a keen interest in issues relating to environmental law, the Aarhus Convention and comparative legal theory.

Research Interests

Dr Whittaker’s research interests focus on the following areas:

  • Environmental Law: access to environmental information, the Aarhus Convention, comparative environmental law, environmental litigation
  • Freedom of Information Law: reform the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, effectiveness of the right in promoting transparency and accountability, actor-network theory

Dr Whittaker is particularly interested in conducting comparative and empirical research on these topics.

Teaching

Undergraduate – Public Law, English Property Law

Other teaching has covered a wide range of subject, including Scots Property Law, Scots Family Law, Scots Criminal Law, EU Commercial Law and Legal History.  

Websites

Centre for Freedom of Information

Uncovering the Environment: The Use of Public Access to Environmental Information

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Laws, University College Cork

20132017

Master of Laws, University of Dundee

20122013

Bachelor of Laws, University of Dundee

20082012

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Research Output 2013 2019

  • 1 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 8 Article
environmental law
European Union
governance
legislation
environmental legislation
environmental protection
trend
knowledge gap
international law
governance
1 Citation (Scopus)
59 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
File
public interest
nongovernmental organization
China
legality
civil society

Uncovering the Environment: The use of public access to information

Whittaker, S., Reid, C. & Mendel, J., Jun 2019, Scottish Planning and Environmental Law, 193, p. 57-59 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

open channel
public authorities

Charging for Environmental Information: Does Practice Match Theory?

Whittaker, S., Reid, C. & Mendel, J., 2018, In : Environmental Law and Management. 30, 4, p. 91-94 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Prizes

Aidan Synnott Graduate Travel Bursary 2015

Sean Whittaker (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

travel
graduate
China
political science
Law

Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursary 2012-2013

Sean Whittaker (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship 2014-2017

Sean Whittaker (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

University College Cork, Law Faculty PhD Scholarship 2013-2016

Sean Whittaker (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Law

Activities 2014 2019

  • 9 Oral presentation
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Other

Uncovering the Environment: The Use of Public Access to Environmental Information

Colin Reid (Participant), Jonathan Mendel (Participant), Sean Whittaker (Participant)
13 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Uncovering the Environment: The Use of Public Access to Environmental Information

Colin Reid (Speaker), Sean Whittaker (Speaker)
4 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Evidence to Scottish Parliament

Colin Reid (Contributor), Sean Whittaker (Contributor), Jonathan Mendel (Contributor)
3 Oct 2019

Activity: Other activity typesOther

File

Briefing to staff

Colin Reid (Speaker), Sean Whittaker (Speaker), Jonathan Mendel (Speaker)
26 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Uncovering the Environment: The Use of Public Access to Environmental Information

Sean Whittaker (Speaker)
25 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation