Gerard Kelly


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Dr Gerard Kelly is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) specialising in environmental law, particularly climate law, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Gerard's work has been published in a number of international peer-reviewed journals. In 2018, he was approved as a member of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA), an association of barristers specialising in planning, environment, compulsory purchase and other aspects of local government and administrative law. Gerard's expertise and research is also recognised internationally. In 2019, he was nominated and subsequently admitted as a member of the IUCN's World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) and he is a member of the Commission's Climate Change Specialist Group. The WCEL is a network of experts from across the world and serves as the principal source of technical legal advice to the IUCN, its members, and collaborating institutions on all aspects of environmental law. In 2015, Gerard was awarded a League of European Research Universities (LERU) Visiting Scholarship at the University of Barcelona. For his contribution to leadership in learning and teaching, Gerard has been recognised as a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

He welcomes media enquiries across his range of expertise, particularly climate change, and given his practice experience as an attorney, on matters pertaining generally to American law.


Gerard's teaching experience extends across a range of foundations of legal knowledge core modules. He is module coordinator of Equity, a core module on the School's undergraduate LLB programme (with 250+ students). In addition, he has developed a specialised postgraduate module in the field of Corporate Environmental Law.
Gerard has successfully supervised doctoral research and welcomes potential PhD applicants in his fields of research interest with a particular focus on climate governance and environmental and planning law more generally.


Gerard graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a First Class LLB (Hons) before later completing the BCL at the University of Oxford with Distinction. After being admitted to the New York State Bar and practising as a corporate attorney, Gerard subsequently taught law in England and carried out research for his PhD at University College London. In addition, he completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education with Distinction and holds a Diploma of Legal Medicine, also with Distinction, from the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians.

In addition to his admission to the New York State Bar, Gerard is also admitted to the US Supreme Court Bar and as a barrister in Ireland, England & Wales, and Northern Ireland.

His practice experience includes representing issuers, underwriters and dealers in connection with international securities offerings, including financial restructuring transactions, high yield debt offerings and London-listed equity offerings.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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