Dr Mitchell Lennan

Dr Mitchell Lennan
Dr Mitchell Lennan
Dr Mitchell Lennan

BSc (Hons), MSc, LLM, PhD


Accepting PhDs

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Mitchell is a Lecturer in Environmental Law and joined the Law School in December 2022.

His research interests revolve around the ocean, where he explores the intersections of International Law of the Sea, Climate, Biodiversity, Human Rights, and Trade Law. He is specifically interested in the international regulation of fisheries and other marine resources in the face of climate change. He is also interested in the World Trade Organization's recently adopted Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies.

As a UKRI GCRF One Ocean Hub member, Mitchell undertakes collaborative inter- and transdisciplinary research on various ocean law and governance issues. He has contributed to several consultancies for the United Nations Environment Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity, national governments, and non-governmental organisations.

Mitchell holds a BSc (Hons) in Marine & Freshwater Biology from the University of Glasgow, an MSc in Marine Science, Policy & Law from the University of Southampton, an LLM in Global Environment & Climate Change Law from the University of Edinburgh. His PhD focused on the international legal issues arising from fish stocks shifting location due to climate change and States' obligations to adapt their fisheries conservation and management practices to a changing climate. He is working on publishing his thesis into a book. 

He has been involved in international dispute settlement as an assistant to Counsel for Republic of Maldives in Dispute concerning delimitation of the maritime boundary between Mauritius and Maldives in the Indian Ocean (Mauritius/Maldives) at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in 2020. He interned in the ITLOS Legal Office in 2018.

Mitchell is happy to discuss potential PhD projects in International Law of the Sea and International Environmental Law.


  • BSc (Hons) Marine and Freshwater Biology 
    2013 - University of Glasgow 
  • MSc Marine Science, Policy & Law 
    2014 - University of Southampton 
  • LLM Global Environment and Climate Change Law 
    2017 - University of Edinburgh 
  • PGCert Researcher Professional Development 
    2022 - University of Strathclyde 
  • PhD International Environmental Law 
    2022 - University of Strathclyde 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
External Memberships

Member, UKRI GCRF One Ocean Hub

Member (non-solicitor), The Law Society of Scotland's Marine Law Sub-Committee

Affiliate Member, Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Member, European Society of International Law 

Latest Publications

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Prizes and Awards

Winner, Aldo Leucci and Ortensio Degli Atti Award (2nd edition) for the article ‘Leveraging International Fisheries Law for Maritime Security in the Anthropocene: Addressing Conflicts in Fisheries' together with Julia Nakamura and Kyle Fawkes in ACSOMARE Yearbook on the Law of the Sea (2023).


Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Law.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Public International Law
  • European Union Law
  • Law

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.


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