Whittaker, Sean

Dr, Dr

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

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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

Award Date: 15 Jun 2018

Master of Laws, University of Dundee

20122013

Award Date: 21 Nov 2013

Bachelor of Laws, University of Dundee

20082012

Award Date: 20 Jun 2012

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Research Output

  • 1 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 8 Article
  • Open Access
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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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    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

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Activities

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

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

    Sean Whittaker (Speaker)
    25 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    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

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

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    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

    Evidence to Scottish Parliament

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

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

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