Gerard Kelly

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Research Statement

Dr Gerard Kelly is a Lecturer in Law at Queen's University Belfast and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

His research interests lie broadly in the fields of environmental and planning law, particularly climate governance. Gerard's doctoral research evaluated the contribution of linkage to the governance of the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme.

Current research projects include:

1. Enhancing Climate Governance: This research challenges the orthodoxy of pursuing global climate governance through multilateral treaty-making. Instead, Gerard has defined and advanced institutional arrangements to foster cross-scale complementarity between diverse climate governance initiatives.

2. Brexit: Future EU-UK Climate Engagement: This research project involves assessing the evolving post-Brexit relationship between the EU and UK in the field of cliamte law. In particular, it involves normative and doctrinal research.

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 as a member of the IUCN's World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) by Justice Antonio Benjamin of the High Court of Brazil 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 and, given his practice experience as an attorney, on matters pertaining generally to American law.

Teaching

Gerard's teaching experience extends across a range of foundations of legal knowledge core modules including equity, tort law and contract law and, particularly at postgraduate level, more specialised fields including environmental law and financial law.
 
He is passionate and active in promoting widening diversity initiatives and, in particular, Gerard has supported the work of the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme. At Queen's, Gerard is module coordinator of Equity, a core module on the School's undergraduate LLB programme (with 225+ students). In addition, he has developed a specialised postgraduate module in the field of Corporate Environmental Law. He also convenes and teaches elective modules on the School's undergraduate and postgraduate curricula including Financial Services Law (UG) and International Financial Law (PGT).
 
Gerard has successfully supervised doctoral research in the sphere of corporate law welcomes potential PhD applicants in his fields of research interest with a particular focus on climate governance.

Particulars

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.

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Research Output

  • 12 Article
  • 1 Commissioned report
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Assessing the Climate Governance Contribution and Future of the Clean Development Mechanism

Kelly, G., 17 Nov 2018, In : Nordic Journal of International Law. 87, 4, p. 393-435 43 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Psychiatric Harm and the Boundaries of Primary Victimhood

    Kelly, G. & Sharpe, D., 2018, In : Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland. 24, 1, p. 16-19 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Psychiatric Harm and the Definition of Primary Victims

    Kelly, G. & Sharpe, D., 30 Apr 2018, In : The Writ – The Journal of the Law Society of Northern Ireland. 229, p. 16-17

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access

    Governing Emissions Trading: Constructing Core Convergence Criteria for Linkage

    Kelly, G., 01 Oct 2017, In : Dublin University Law Journal. 40, 1, p. 63-96 34 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The Role of Serendipity in Legal Education: A Living Curriculum Perspective

    Kelly, G., 12 Jun 2015, In : The Law Teacher. 49, 3, p. 353-371

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Prizes

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Scholarship

    Gerard Kelly (Recipient), 2006

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Julian Prize

    Gerard Kelly (Recipient), 2006

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • League of European Research Universities Visiting Scholarship

    Gerard Kelly (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Senior Fellow

    Gerard Kelly (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Activities

    World Commission on Environmental Law (External organisation)

    Gerard Kelly (Member)
    Jan 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of network

    Oxford University Press (Publisher)

    Gerard Kelly (Peer reviewer)
    Jan 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Law and Society Association 2019 Annual Meeting

    Gerard Kelly (Speaker)
    30 May 201902 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Erasmus Exchange and Study Abroad Coordinator

    Gerard Kelly (Advisor)
    Apr 2019 → …

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Law & Policy (Journal)

    Gerard Kelly (Peer reviewer)
    30 Sep 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review