Richard Whitecross
Richard Whitecross

Prof Richard Whitecross MA (Hons), LLB, LLM, MSc, MSc (Research), PhD, FRAI, FRAS, PFHEA, NTF

Professor

Biography

Professor Richard W Whitecross MA(Hons), LLB, Dip.LP, LLM, MSc (Taught), MSc (Research), PhD, FRAI, FRAS, NTF is Professor of Law and Head of Law, the Business School at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, UK.

Career History
Richard was a practicing commercial lawyer between 1989 and 1994 working in two leading law firms in Edinburgh. In 1993, he was invited to tutor on the Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh. Based on his positive experience of teaching, Richard left legal practice and undertook a LLM at the University of Edinburgh. He was invited to teach part-time at Napier and did so between 1994 – 1997. At this time, Richard was developing his doctoral research project. He undertook a MSc (Taught) in Social Anthropology (1997) and was awarded ESRC funding by the University of Edinburgh to complete MSc (Research) (Distinction) in 1998. In 1998, Richard won a fully funded ESRC Studentship to conduct ethnographic fieldwork in Bhutan.

Richard graduated with a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2002 with a groundbreaking ethnography of legal transformation in Bhutan for which he received the Royal Anthropological Institute Sutasoma Award.

In 2003, he won an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship held at the University of Edinburgh where he worked with Professor Thomas Hansen (now Stanford University). He was appointed a fixed term lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh in 2004.

In 2005, he was appointed as ESRC Research Fellow in Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Edinburgh. At this time, Richard became interested in the legal policy and moved in 2007 as a Senior Researcher to Justice Analytical Services, Scottish Government. At the Scottish Government, Richard led on socio-legal research on civil justice, family and child law, and latterly supervised a range of cross justice research initiatives working with the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service, Scottish Prisons Service and Police Scotland.

In July 2012, Richard took up the post of Lecturer in Law at Edinburgh Napier University. In 2014, he became DBA lead in the Business School. In August 2017 he was awarded the title of Associate Professor and promoted to Professor in August 2020. Richard became head of Law in June 2019 and has led the growth and development of law at Napier.

Events

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Scottish Government Future of the Legal Profession - Data Analysis Working Group
  • Committee of Heads of UK Law Schools - Elected Board Member
  • Convener Committee of Heads of Law Schools Scotland
  • Joint Standing Committee for Legal Education Scotland
  • Advanced HE De-colonising the curriculum Working Group
  • Convenor, Law Society of Scotland Board of Examiners
  • Member of Scottish Parliament Cross Party Working on Male Violence Against Women and Girls
  • Vice Convener of Committee of Heads of Law Schools Scotland
  • Academic Lead of Working Group preparing Trauma informed training for the judiciary and legal profession
  • Academic Lead for Edinburgh Napier - Law Catalyst - Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, Doctoral Training Programme
  • Law Society of Scotland Nominated Member of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Working Group on Racial Equality
  • Expert Witness to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee - Children (Scotland) Bill
  • Member of the Scottish Government Child and Family Law Review Working Group
  • Expert Contributor - Varieties of Democracy Project, Kellog Institute of Governance, USA and Gothenburg University, Sweden
  • Academic Adviser to World Bank Project on migration, refugees and the law
  • Invited Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Working Group on BA Skills Consultation
  • Expert Witness - Asylum and Refugee Applications UK and International
  • Member of the Scottish Government Working Group - Administrative Justice Reform
  • Member of the Equalities Committee, Law Society of Scotland
  • Invited Member of the Immigration and Asylum Committee, Law Society of Scotland
  • Vice-Convenor Administrative Justice and Tribunals Sub-Committee of the Law Society of Scotland
  • Expert Contributor on Civil Justice in Scotland - World Rule of Law Project, American Bar Foundation, Chicago, USA.
  • Expert witness on Review of administrative justice - Scottish Government
  • Member of Research Advisory Board for Nuffield funded research on Matrimonial Agreements
  • Member of Advisory Board for Scottish Legal Aid Board funded research on Civil Court Users Experiences - a Qualitative study, Scottish Legal Aid Board

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • Presenter, 4th European Conference on Domestic Violence, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Himalayan Law, University of Vienna and Kokoro Institute, Kyoto
  • Co-organiser, chair and presenter, RSE Twenty Years of the Scottish Parliament: Child and Family Law
  • Invited Presenter and Chair, 13th International Association for Tibetan Studies, Paris, July 2019.
  • Invited Panel Chair and Presenter, European Conference on Domestic Violence, Oslo, Norway, September 2019
  • Panel Chair and Presenter - Third Sector Research Conference, CoSLA, October 2019
  • Invited Presenter, Inaugural Edinburgh Buddhist Studies Workshop, October 2019
  • Domestic Violence Symposium, Inns of Court, Temple Bar, London, May 2017
  • Invited Participant, Tibetan Legal History Colloquium, Wolfson College, Oxford, January
  • Invited Participant and Chair, Law and Buddhism, SUNY(Buffalo) Law School
  • Invited Contributor, UK Council for Graduate Education Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland, March 2016
  • Conference Convener, Chair and Discussant - RSE Unaccompanied Minors Workshops Series
  • Panel Chair and Presenter, European Operations Management Association, Trondheim, Norway, June 2016
  • Invited Participant, UNCRC Article 3 Implementation Workshop, University of Stirling, June 2015
  • Panel Organiser, Chair, and Presenter, Conference Panel (Full Day), Challenges to Development, European Association for South Asian Studies, Zurich, Switzerland, July 2014.
  • Invited Chair and Discussant, Conference Panel: Politics and Violence, European Association for South Asian Studies, Zurich, Switzerland, July 2014.
  • Invited Chair and Discussant, Resettled Refugees, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, June 2013.
  • Conference Organiser, Scottish Civil Court Reform, Scottish Civil Justice Network, March 2010
  • Programme Committee Chair, Public Legal Capacity Scotland, March 2009
  • Programme Chair and Convenor, Administrative Justice in Scotland, December 2008
  • Conference Chair, Presenter and Discussant. Family Law in Scotland: Issues and Challenges, January 2008
  • Invited Presenter and Discussion Panellist, Law, Buddhism and Social Change: A Conversation with the 14th Dalai Lama, SUNY (Buffalo) Law School, USA, September 2006.
  • Invited Colloquium Presenter, Law and Buddhism Workshop, The Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy, March 2006.
  • Invited Presenter, Discussant and Panel Chair, Migrants and Refugees, Spatializing Law Symposium,University of Edinburgh, June 2005.
  • Invited Presenter, Law in a Transnational World, University of Edinburgh, June 2004.
  • Invited Presenter and discussant with HRH Princess Sonam Dechen Wangchuck, 1st International Conference for Bhutanese Studies, Thimphu, August 2003.
  • Invited Presenter, 10th International Association for Tibetan Studies, St Hugh's College, Oxford, September 2003
  • Invited Presenter, Tibetan and Himalayan Studies Doctoral Conference, SOAS, London, September 2001.
  • Prorgamme Chair, and Presenter, European Asian Studies Association Conference, University of Edinburgh, September 2000.

 

Editorial Activity

  • Asian Survey (Special Issue)
  • Editorial Board Member Buddhism, Law and Society
  • Editorial Board member Scottish Parliamentary Review

 

External Examining/Validations

  • University of Dundee Diploma of Legal Practice
  • Appointed as Law Society of Scotland Examiner - Scots Private Law and Obligations, December 2017.
  • External Programme Examiner - DBA and Professional Doctorates, Northampton University

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Principal Fellow Advanced HE
  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Authority
  • Recipient of the Above & Beyond Inclusivity Award
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority
  • Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society
  • Honorary Fellow, College of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
  • ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
  • Recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute Sutasoma Prize 2001
  • Associate Member of Centre Nationale de Recherche Scientifique (Paris) Research Team "Equipe sur l'aire et l'environment tibetain"
  • Fellow of Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

 

Grant Reviewer

  • MRUK/ESRC Peer Reviewer
  • Peer Reviewer UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships
  • Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Peer Reviewer
  • ESRC Peer Review College Member
  • Peer Reviewer - The British Academy
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council - Peer reviewer

 

Invited Speaker

  • National Teaching Fellowship
  • Race and the legal profession, Fair Justice System for Scotland
  • Invited Colloquium Presenter, Law, Buddhism and Constitutions, American Bar Foundation - Chicago, USA.
  • Keynote Speaker, Trauma and Domestic Abuse, Scottish Government and Law Society of Scotland, February 2019.
  • Keynote Speaker, Law and Buddhism Conference, Department of Legal Philosophy, University of Seville, Spain, March 2019
  • Invited Speaker to Scottish Government, Civil and Family Law Policy, October 2019
  • Invited Presenter, with Professor J Mair, Children (Scotland) Bill and Contact , Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland, October 2019.
  • Invited Presenter, Second Conference on Buddhism and Law, SUNY (Buffalo) USA, September 2019
  • Invited Speaker, Female Victims of Domestic Abuse and Contract Cases, Rape Crisis Scotland, November 2018
  • Invited Presenter, Scottish Government, June 2018
  • Invited Speaker - Queen Margaret University, Dispute Resolution, May 2017
  • Invited Speaker, Chair and Discussant - Religion, Environment and Global Conservation in South Asia Colloquium, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, February 2015.
  • Invited Seminar , Legal Education and Judicial Education - St Anthony's College, Oxford
  • Invited Speaker, Social Research and Public Policy - University of Glasgow, October 2010
  • Invited Speaker, University of Stirling - Family Law, April 2010
  • Invited discussant Insurance, Road maintenance and Local Authority Liability, University of Strathclyde Law,June 2010
  • Invited Seminar, Administrative Justice, Strathclyde Law School, February 2007.
  • Invited Seminar presentation, Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies, University of Cambridge, February 2007.
  • Invited Colloquium Participant and Discussant, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA May 2006
  • Invited Presenter, Comparative Constitutionalism in South Asia, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Baltimore, USA, November 2006
  • Invited Seminar Presentation, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford, March 2005.
  • Invited Speaker, Centre de Recherche Scientifque (Paris), May 2004.
  • Invited Seminar Presentation, University of Florence, Department of Comparative Law.
  • Invited Seminar Presentation, University of Edinburgh, March 2004.
  • Invited speaker - Centre Nationale de Recherche Scientifique, Paris, April 2002.

 

Media Activity

  • RSE awards over 617 k
  • Experts and campaigners warn plight of domestic abuse victims and their children ignored in Scottish courts
  • Holyrood’s focus on the family is an important facet of its 20-year work, The Scotsman, 2 October 2019
  • Bhutan: A rock and a hard place. Policy Forum, 2 December 2018
  • Lessons from the Doklam Pass: how little Bhutan faced down China over a border dispute, The Conversation, 25 September 2017

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Member of Legal Education and Development Scotland
  • Member of UK Legal Education Research Network
  • Socio-legal Studies Association
  • Law and Society Association (USA)
  • Member of Law Society of Scotland

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Domestic Abuse and Child Contact
  • Academic Partner on two projects (edible estates and urban planning) "Seven Kingdoms Project; Wester Hailes".
  • Research Presentation to invited audience of victims of domestic abuse, Scottish Women's Aid, September 2018
  • Adviser and presenter, Daisy Project - Support for Female Victims of Domestic Abuse, Castlemilk, Glasgow, June 2017 - October 2019
  • Organiser and presenter, Age Assessment and Unaccompanied Minors, Social Workers, September 2017
  • Academic Lead - Edinburgh Napier Law Clinic - a free student run community focused legal advice centre

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD Examiner, T C Beirne School of Law, University of Brisbane
  • PhD Examiner - Aalborg University, Denmark
  • PhD Panel Member - Stanford University

 

Reviewing

  • Peer Reviewer, Contemporary Buddhism
  • Academic Peer reviewer Journal of Social Identities
  • East Asia Forum - Peer Reviewer
  • Asian Survey - Journal article review
  • Asian Law Journal- Journal article review
  • Journal of Asian Law - Journal article review
  • University of Edinburgh Press - Book proposal review
  • Berghahn Press - Book Proposal Review
  • Cambridge University Press -Book review
  • Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education - Journal article review
  • Law and Social Inquiry - Journal article review
  • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute - Journal article review
  • Oxford University Press - Book proposal review
  • Law and Social Inquiry -Journal article review

 

Date


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"Virtuous Beings"; The concept of tha damtshig and being a moral person in contemporary Bhutanese society

Journal Article
Whitecross, R. W. (2010)
"Virtuous Beings"; The concept of tha damtshig and being a moral person in contemporary Bhutanese society. Himalaya, the Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, 28, 71-82
This paper sets out a preliminary investigation of tha damtshig. In particular, it examines the concept of tha damtshig, and its role in the creation of a sense of moral ident...

Child Welfare Hearing Reports: A Scoping Study on the Commissioning, Preparation and Use of Bar Reports

Report
Whitecross, R. W. (2010)
Child Welfare Hearing Reports: A Scoping Study on the Commissioning, Preparation and Use of Bar Reports
A study of the use of Child Welfare Reports in Child Welfare Hearings in Scottish Sherifff Courts.

Intimacy, Loyalty and State Formation: The Spectre of the "Anti-National"

Book
Whitecross, R. (2010)
Intimacy, Loyalty and State Formation: The Spectre of the "Anti-National". In Kelly, T. & Thiranagama, S. (Eds.). Traitors: Suspicion, Intimacy, and the Ethics of State Building, 68-88. Penn State University Press. ISBN 978-0-8122-4213-3
On 19 April 1998, the Tiger’s Nest temple, in Taktshang, near Paro in western Bhutan, caught fire and was substantially destroyed. The destruction of this major Buddhist pilgr...

Keeping the Stream of Justice Clear and Pure: the Buddhicization of Bhutanese Law

Book Chapter
Whitecross, R. (2009)
Keeping the Stream of Justice Clear and Pure: the Buddhicization of Bhutanese Law. In A. Griffiths, K. von Benda-Beckmann, & F. von Benda-Beckmann (Eds.), The Power of Law in a Transnational World: Anthropological Enquiries (199-215). Berghahn Books
No abstract available.

Migrants, Settlers and Refugees: Law and the Contestation of Citizenship in Bhutan

Book Chapter
Whitecross, R. (2009)
Migrants, Settlers and Refugees: Law and the Contestation of Citizenship in Bhutan. In K. von Benda-Beckmann, & F. von Benda-Beckmann (Eds.), Spatializing Law: An Anthropological Geography of Law in Society (57-74). Routledge
No abstract available.

Transgressing the Law: Karma, Theft and its punishment

Journal Article
Whitecross, R. W. (2008)
Transgressing the Law: Karma, Theft and its punishment. Revue d'études tibétaines, 13, 45-74
A historical, legal study of the concept of theft in Bhutanese religious and legal thought.

Gross National Happiness and the Heavenly Stream of Justice: Modernization and Dispute Resolution in the Kingdom of Bhutan

Journal Article
Simoni, A., & Whitecross, R. W. (2007)
Gross National Happiness and the Heavenly Stream of Justice: Modernization and Dispute Resolution in the Kingdom of Bhutan. American Journal of Comparative Law, 55(1), 165-195. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcl/55.1.165
The authors, reflecting on the paradigm of globalization, provide a case study that focuses on the modernization of the Bhutanese legal system. Historically isolated and never...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Mapping the Landscape of Administrative Justice in Scotland Dr Richard Whitecross (PI) (£10,000)
  • Frederick Williamson Trust, University of Cambridge Research Award, (£1,500)
  • University of Edinburgh Research Award - Constitution making in Bhutan (£2,000)
  • Society of South Asian Studies (£1,000)
  • Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Research Award (£2,500)
  • ESRC PhD Studentship
  • ESRC MSc (Research)

Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Dr Yu Shan Liu A minority within a minority - Being Bonpo in the Tibetan Community in Exile