Dr Thomas Muinzer


CEPMLP, School of Social Sciences

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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. 

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  •  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/


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.