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Personal profile

Biography

Dr Thomas L Muinzer is from Northern Ireland, and undertook his qualifying law degree and other legal qualifications at Queen's University Belfast.  After receiving his Doctorate he taught in the Law School and the Planning Department at Queen’s University, then was appointed Lecturer in Law at Stirling University, Scotland, where he was Co-Director of the Law School’s major dual-stream LLM/MSc Masters programme over 2016-2018. 

Research and Teaching

Dr Muinzer has been involved in an advisory capacity with a broad range of energy, environmental and other actors, including NGOs, political representatives in the UK's devolved governments, and others.  His academic research focuses most pointedly on the Low Carbon Transition, with particular reference to climate law and governance and issues around decarbonisation of the energy sector.  He has subsidiary and intersecting interests in the sphere of constitutional law, human rights protections, and the safe and responsible governance of energy and the environment. 

Dr Muinzer has written the first monograph on the UK’s pioneering Climate Change Act:  Climate and Energy Governance for the UK Low Carbon Transition: The Climate Change Act 2008 (Palgrave: UK, 2018).

He also occasionally endeavours to explore somewhat obscure or frequently neglected spheres of law in his work (to date, most particularly burial law, broader laws relating to the ‘dead body'/corpse, national monuments law, and cultural heritage).      

Dr Muinzer has considerable experience as an educator in a range of legal areas, and has particular teaching experience in the sphere of climate and energy law and governance, and constitutional law.

Further information:

  •  September 2017, appointed to the Law Society of Scotland's Education and Training (Policy) Committee and its Education and Training (Standard Setting) Sub-Committee, which regulate solicitors’ training in Scotland 
  •  January 2018, appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) after nomination from Tom Collins OBE    
  •  Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Member of the Society of Legal Scholars; Associate Member of the Irish Association of Law Teachers, amongst other organisations
  •  Co-founder and Co-editor, Freckle Magazine, the sustainability-themed magazine that celebrates people and place in Northern Ireland, Scotland and beyond - http://www.frecklenorthernireland.org/subscribeandbuy/

 

Education - Law

  • PhD, The UK’s Energy Decarbonisation Process and the Challenges of Devolution, Queen's University Belfast, July 2015.  Fully funded by a Department for Employment and Learning Scholarship.
  • LLM in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development, Distinction, Queen's University Belfast, 2010-2011
  • Mlegsci (Qualifying Law Degree), Distinction, Queen's University Belfast, 2008-2010    

 

Education - Other

Dr Muinzer holds an MA in Irish Literature, and a BA in English and Music.  His MA research, supported by a government studentship, focused on the work of Victorian barrister and poet Sir Samuel Ferguson, and included cataloguing important historical documents in the Ferguson manuscript collection at the Linen Hall Library, Belfast.  This stream of Thomas's education intersects with the substantial involvement he has had in the Arts sector, and he has written widely in Arts areas, including a book on aesthetics and morality commissioned by Lapwing Press in 2009, published in 2011.

External positions

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)

Jan 2018 → …

Committee Member

Sep 2017 → …

Co-Editor, Freckle Magazine

2015 → …

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Research Output 2011 2019

climate change
carbon
climate
energy
policy

Greener or leaner? Planning policy after Brexit

Cowell, R., Sykes, O., Fischer, T., Ellis, G., Jackson, A. & Muinzer, T., 5 Sep 2019

Research output: Other contribution

environmental standards
EU
planning

A tall but true tale: Charles Byrne, the Irish Giant

Muinzer, T. & McAlinden, A-M., 16 Jul 2018, In : Journal of the Law Society of Scotland.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

London museums
Funeral

Brexit and Ireland’s all-island energy market

Muinzer, T., 17 Oct 2018, Agenda NI.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

energy market
electricity
market
environmental law
public law

Electricity bills could rise if Brexit threatens Northern Ireland’s unique energy agreement with Ireland

Muinzer, T., 28 Nov 2018, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

electricity supply
electricity
innovation
energy

Activities 2010 2010

  • 1 Public engagement and outreach - media article or participation

Tara Motorway Toll Charge could Never Recover our Celtic Heritage

Thomas L Muinzer (Member)
15 Mar 2010

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - media article or participation