Stuart Cross

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Professor of Law and Head of Discipline
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Bio

Biography

Stuart Cross joined the then Department of Law in 1994, became a Senior Lecturer in 2002 and was promoted to a personal Chair in Law in 2014. He is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow and Dundee and is a qualified solicitor.

After postgraduate study at the University of Dundee he had twelve years' experience as a practising solicitor specialising in corporate law, latterly as a partner in a commercial firm in Glasgow. Since moving to Dundee he has linked his interests in company and commercial law with activity in relation to charities. Under the aegis of the Law School's Charity Law Research Unit he has participated in major research projects commissioned by the Scottish Office/Scottish Executive and advised the Scottish Executive's Bill Reference Group for the then Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill in relation to proposals for a new charitable incorporated body in Scotland.

He is a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Charity Law Sub-Committee, a board member of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and chairs the board of Fife Cultural Trust.

Research

Publications range across the areas of company law, charity law, corporate governance and the interface between law and technology. Much of the research focuses on the evolution of new legal forms and the relationship between those legal forms and existing legal structures and developed bodies of law. 

Teaching

Undergraduate:- Foundations of Law, Intellectual Property Law, Dissertation
Postgraduate:- Intellectual Property Law, Principles of E-Commerce Law

I offer postgraduate supervision in the field of company law, corporate governance, copyright related issues and charity law.

Publications

Cross, S 2015,

Agency. in G Black (ed.), Business law in Scotland. 3rd edn, W. Green, Edinburgh, pp. 337-367.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Collison, D, Cross, S, Ferguson, J, Power, D & Stevenson, L 2014,

'Financialization and company law:: A study of the UK Company Law Review' Critical Perspectives on Accounting, vol 25, no. 1, pp. 5-16. DOI:
10.1016/j.cpa.2012.07.006

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Long, V, Cross, S (ed.), Dekker, M (ed.) & Beasley, J (ed.) 2012,

Access in Europe by a bereaved family to information gathered during an investigation into a fatal road collision: Research project for Scotland’s Campaign against Irresponsible Drivers with support from Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland. University of Dundee, School of Law, Dundee.

Research output: Book Anthology



Collison, D, Cross, S, Ferguson, J, Power, D & Stevenson, L 2012,

'Legal determinants of external finance revisited: the inverse relationship between investor protection and societal well-being' Journal of Business Ethics, vol 108, pp. 393-410. DOI:
10.1007/s10551-011-1098-0

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Cross, S 2011,

Charity law: an issue of choice. in EE Sutherland, KE Goodall, GFM Little & FP Davidson (eds), Law making and the Scottish Parliament : the early years. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 103-123. DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640195.003.0021

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Collison, D, Cross, S, Ferguson, J, Power, D & Stevenson, L 2011,

Shareholder primacy in UK corporate law: an exploration of the rationale and evidence. Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Research output: Book Anthology



Cross, S & Ford, P 2010,

Charities: Reissue. in NR Whitty (ed.), The Laws of Scotland : Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia . vol. 2, Lexis Nexis/Law Society of Scotland, Edinburgh, pp. 1-184 (Ford, 3-20, 53-97, 125-130, 156-184 .

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Cross, S 2008,

Agency. in G Black (ed.), Business law in Scotland. W. Green, pp. 293-323.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Cross, SR 2008,

'New legal forms for charities in the United Kingdom' Journal of Business Law, no. 7, pp. 662-687.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Cross, S 2007,

'The Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation' Greens Business Law Bulletin, no. 91, pp. 1-3.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Cross, S 2007,

'A new legal form for charities: the Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation' Scots Law Times, no. 39, pp. 281-284.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Balmforth, B, Burton, BM, Cross, SR & Power, DM 2007,

'Evidence on UK directors' compliance with disclosure timing regulations' Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, vol 15, no. 4, pp. 381-393. DOI:
10.1108/13581980710835245

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Cross, SR 2007,

Consumer protection compliance in agent negotiated business to consumer transactions. in Proceedings of the 5th IASTED International Conference on Law and Technology: Law Tech 2007. ACTA Press, The Fifth IASTED International Conference on Law and Technology: Law Tech 2007, Berkeley, United States, 24-26 September.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Cross, S & Ford, P 2006,

Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. W. Green, Edinburgh.

Research output: Book Anthology



Cross, SR 2004,

'The Community Interest Company: more confusion in the quest for limited liability?' Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, vol 55, no. 3, pp. 302-319.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Cross, SR 2004,

'Corporate governance, information technology and the electronic company in the United Kingdom' Information & Communications Technology Law, vol 13, no. 2, pp. 117-128. DOI:
10.1080/1360083042000210541

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Cross, SR 2003,

'Agency, contract and intelligent software agents' International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, vol 17, no. 2, pp. 175-189. DOI:
10.1080/1360086032000122556

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Cross, SR 2003,

'Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2000: problems ahead?' Journal of Business Law, no. May, pp. 268-283.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Ashton, C, Brand, D, Brodie, D, Chalmers, J, Craig, V, Cross, S, Finch, V, Gordon, A, Griffiths, A & Mac Queen, H 2003,

Fundamentals of Scots law. W. Green, Edinburgh.

Research output: Book Anthology



Cross, S 2003,

Agency. in Fundamentals of Scots law. W. Green, pp. 245-265.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Cross, S 2000,

'What price a directorship? Trends in the duty of skill and care' Scottish Law & Practice Quarterly, vol 5, no. 4, pp. 322-332.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Cross, S 2000,

'Dormant, struck-off or dissolved?' Scottish Law & Practice Quarterly, vol 5, no. 3, pp. 240-249.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Cross, S 1999,

'Limited liability partnerships - draft bill and consultation paper' Juridical Review: the Law Journal of the Scottish Universities, no. 2, pp. 137-140.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Cross, S 1999,

'Partnerships and limited liability - the way ahead?' Juridical Review: the Law Journal of the Scottish Universities, no. 5, pp. 259-275.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Barker, CR, Belcher, A & Cross, SR 1997,

'Scottish charities and governance' Juridical Review: the Law Journal of the Scottish Universities, no. 3, pp. 176-189.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Cross, S 1996,

Incorporated charities and other bodies. in CR Barker, PJ Ford, SR Moody & RC Elliot (eds), Charity law in Scotland. W. Green, pp. 22-42.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Press

'Young thinker' title for law lecturer Kirsteen

  • Published: 17/11/2011
  • Press clipping: Research

A Lecturer in Law at the University of Dundee has been named Scotland and Northern Ireland Young Thinker of the Year for 2011 for her ideas on how to 'rethink the recession'. Kirsteen Shields (28), originally from Glasgow, was awarded the title by the Young Scotland and Northern Ireland Programme, the organisation founded by the journalist Kenneth Roy. Kirsteen's pre…

Young Scientist Award for Dundee medical student

  • Published: 19/09/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

A final year medical student from the University of Dundee has received a Young Scientist Award at a prestigious medical conference in recognition of her outstanding work on the impact of antibiotic resistance worldwide and its implications for pneumonia patients. The European Respiratory Society made the award to Catriona Rother (24), originally from Edinburgh, at t…

Yes and No voters more alike than they might think, claims study

  • Published: 25/03/2015
  • Press clipping: Research

www.thecourier.co.uk/news/local/dundee/yes-and-no-voters-more-alike-than-they-might-think-claims-study-1.855595

Will the oil price continue to fall?

  • Published: 10/01/2016
  • Press clipping: Other

Live interview on RT-TV Current News Today (Russian Television) "Will the oil price continue to fall?"

Will 2013 be seen as the international Year of Water law Cooperation?

  • Published: 02/07/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

2013 – the UN Year of Water Cooperation – is a big year for international water law. The UN Watercourses Convention, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1997, may well enter into force before 2014 – only five additional ratifications are required. In addition, the amendment to the UNECE Helsinki Convention, which would allow non-UNECE States to join, is likely to b…

Why you should make plans for digital death

  • Published: 13/02/2011
  • Press clipping: Research

The Sunday Post. Quotes from me appar in the 2/3 page article.

Why has oil gone under $50 per barrel?

  • Published: 21/08/2015
  • Press clipping: Other

Live interview on RT-TV Current News Today (Russian Television) "Why has oil gone under $50 per barrel?"  

Why crowds are good for you

  • Published: 18/10/2012
  • Press clipping: Research

Participation is important for well-being, according to scientists Being stuck in a crowd of a million people doesn’t sound like much fun, but according to the latest research, being with others - even during difficult conditions - can actually be good for well-being. The study, into the biggest religious festival on earth, the Magh Mela, suggests that participation …

WHO status for dental school unit

  • Published: 01/11/2004
  • Press clipping: Research

The Unit of Dental and Oral Health and Health Psychology at the Dental School has been designated a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Public Health Issues on Congenital Anomalies and Technology Transfer. Professor Peter Mossey, has been appointed Head of the Centre. Since his arrival at the University in 1994, Peter has established a track reco…

What happens to a couple's digital life after break up?

  • Published: 24/02/2016
  • Press clipping: Research

During a romantic relationship, a couple is likely to create, accumulate and share many digital possessions such as videos, photos, chat histories, and shared accounts like Netflix. These digital possessions can cue precious memories, but if the relationship ends these possessions don't just disappear, they need to be dealt with in some way.  

WATCH: Stephen Fry congratulates Dundee academics for awards victories

  • Published: 13/01/2017
  • Press clipping: Research

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/348021/watch-stephen-fry-congratulates-dundee-academics-awards-victories/ by Ciaran Sneddon January 13 2017, 3.25pm Updated: January 13 2017, 12.15pm Stephen Fry said he hopes to visit Dundee this year as he praised university academics for helping transform lives in Scotland and across the world. The writer and broad…

Vitamin D shown not to lower blood pressure in older adults with high blood pressure

  • Published: 12/08/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

Treatment with Vitamin D does not help reduce high blood pressure in older people, a new study from the University of Dundee has shown. Researchers in the School of Medicine examined the effects of Vitamin D supplements provided to patients aged 70 and over who had isolated systolic hypertension - the most common type of high blood pressure among older people. Previo…

Visitors to the Botanic Gardens can also now enjoy a science lesson, thanks to a new genetics garden.

  • Published: 29/10/2013
  • Press clipping: Other

Article and photo in The Courier

Viewpoint: A Macroscopic Tractor Beam with Acoustic Waves

  • Published: 30/04/2014
  • Press clipping: Research

Among the many examples of how science fiction and fantasy have inspired real science, an interesting one is the “tractor beam,” first conceived by the chemical engineer and writer Edward E. Smith in the 1930s in his novel Spacehounds of IPC. Smith’s hypothetical device was a beam capable of pulling any macroscopic object from a distance. In the case of a light beam,…

UUJ thank Professor

  • Published: 01/09/2014
  • Press clipping: Other

RTPI Northern Ireland PlaNIt

Utilización de floúr y decir adiós a los azúcares es el camino contra las caries (Using Fluoride and saying goodbye to sugar to protect against cavities)

  • Published: 09/04/2014
  • Press clipping: Other

La odontopediatra y especialista en Cariologia del Reino Unido, doctora Nicola Innes, fue invitada por la Facultad de Odontologia de la Ufro para dictar dos conferencias. (The pediatric dentist and specialist in the UK, Dr Nicola Innes, was invited by the Faculty of Dentistry of UFRO to deliver two lectures.)

Uptake of Smoking During Transition to Adulthood

  • Published: 21/04/2008
  • Press clipping: Research

Resaearch to explore the reasons why young people start smoking

Unnecessary ward moves - bad for patients, bad for healthcare systems

  • Published: 29/07/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

Unnecessary ward moves are becoming increasingly common and have adverse consequences both for patients and for hospitals, according to researchers from the University of Dundee. Professor Marion McMurdo and Dr Miles Witham have drawn attention to the practice of 'boarding' patients - moving individuals from their own base specialty ward to other wards to accommodate…

University of Dundee researcher awarded £1.9M to combat Parkinson's disease

  • Published: 16/07/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

A scientist at the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) at the University of Dundee has been awarded almost £1.9M from the Wellcome Trust to investigate the causes of Parkinson's disease. Dr Miratul Muqit has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Clinical Science to undertake research over the next 5…