Richard Whitecross

Richard Whitecross

Dr Richard Whitecross

Associate Professor in Law


Conference Activity

  • Adoption from and in India and Nepal - Article 3 (3) of the UNCRC, University of Stirling
  • Tibetan Legal History Colloquium Wolfson College Oxford
  • EurOMA 2016 Trondheim, Norway
  • Signs of the Degenerate Age - European Asian Studies Association Conference
  • The Jabmi Act and the emergence of a legal profession. Oxford University
  • Trangression the Law: Karma and Theft. The Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio
  • Law, Buddhism and Social Change: A Conversation with the 14th Dalai Lama, SUNY (Buffalo) Law School
  • Law, Law Texts and Emerging Legal Codes, SOAS, London
  • Keeping the Stream of Justice Pure and Clear, Law in a Transnational World, University of Edinburgh
  • Migrants and Refugees, Spatializing Law Syposium,University of Edinburgh
  • Scottish Civil Court Reform, Scottish Civil Justice Network
  • Public Legal Capacity Scotland, Consumer Scotland
  • Family Law in Scotland: Issues and Challenges
  • Of Texts and Drama: Images of court procedure, Law and Buddhism, SUNY(Buffalo) Law School
  • Separating Religion and Politics? Buddhism and the Bhutanese Constitution, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • The Thrimszhung Chenmo and Law making in Bhutan, Centre for Bhutan Studies, Thimphu


Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellor of the Royal Asiatic Society
  • Fellow of Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Royal Anthropological Institute/Sutasoma Award
  • Associate Member CNRS
  • Honorary Fellow, College of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Membership of Professional Body

  • Member of Law Society of Scotland
  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Law and Society Association (USA)
  • Socio-legal Studies Association


External Examining/Validations

  • External Programme Examiner - DBA and Professional Doctorates, Northampton University
  • PhD Panel - Stanford University
  • Law Society of Scotland Examiner


Invited Speaker

  • Invited speaker - CNRS Paris
  • Legal Education and Judicial Education - St Anthony's College, Oxford
  • Justice and its Performance - CNRS (Paris)
  • The King's Gift: Constitution, Law and Democratisation in Bhutan. University of Cambridge
  • In the hands of the children: the UNCRC and Bhutan. Yale University
  • Navigating the Political: Legal Research in Bhutan, University of Florence, Department of Comparative Law.
  • Migrants, Settlers and Refugees, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford
  • In the Court of Justice: Ritual and Notions of Justice, University of Edinburgh
  • Social Research and Public Policy - University of Glasgow


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Scottish Government Working Group - Administrative Justice Reform
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh Working Group
  • Expert Witness - Asylum and Refugee Applications UK and International
  • Review of administrative justice - Scottish Government
  • Vice-Convenor Administrative Justice and Tribunals Sub-Committee of the Law Society of Scotland
  • Equalities Committee, Law Society of Scotland
  • Immigration and Asylum Committee, Law Society of Scotland
  • Matrimonial Agreements
  • Civil Court Users Experiences - a Qualitative study, Scottish Legal Aid Board
  • Insurance, Road maintenance and Local Authority Liability - Invited Discussant
  • Appointment as an expert to a World Bank Project on migration, refugees and the law
  • Expert Contributor - Varieties of Democracy Kellog Institute of Governance and Gothenburg University


Editorial Activity

  • Buddhism, Law and Society
  • Scottish Parliamentary Review



  • Law and Social Inquiry
  • Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education
  • ESRC Peer Review College Member
  • AHRC
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Oxford University Press
  • Berghahn Press
  • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
  • Invited Carnegie Panel Assessor


Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Scottish Executive - Mapping the Landscape of Administrative Justice in Scotland
  • ESRC MSc (Research)
  • ESRC PhD Studentship
  • Frederick Williamson Trust, University of Cambridge
  • Society of South Asian Studies - Conference Grant
  • Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland
  • University of Edinburgh Research Award - Constitution making in Bhutan
  • ESRC Administrative Justice and Tribunal 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