Stuart Gilby received his Bachelor of Laws degree and Master of Laws degree from Dalhousie Law School in 1995 and 1996 respectively. Stuart's Master of Laws thesis examined the extensive problem of environmental racism and its impacts on Native Peoples throughout Canada.
Stuart is a member of the New Brunswick Law Society, the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society and the Canadian Bar Association - of which he is a past Chair of the Environmental Law Subsection for Nova Scotia. He is also a member of the National Aboriginal Forestry Association and the International Commission of Jurists. He has presented papers at a wide range of legal conferences across Canada and overseas and he often lectures on Aboriginal Peoples rights' at secondary schools, colleges and universities.
His preferred area of practice is Aboriginal Law and he acts for First Nations, Tribal Councils and First Nations' representative organizations across Canada as both a litigator and negotiator. Stuart has been involved in a number of major cases concerning Aboriginal and Treaty rights at all levels of court in several provinces, at the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal and at the Supreme Court of Canada. He has engaged in various substantive negotiation tables across the country on behalf of First Nations with government and industry on a wide range of issues including: Aboriginal and Treaty rights, Aboriginal title, business and corporate matters, economic development, education, employment and labour, governance, health, natural resources, and social development.
He has been designated by his peers as one of the "Best Lawyers in Canada" engaged in the practice of Aboriginal Law for 2007 through 2016-17 in the book of that name. He has also been designated as "Repeatedly Recommended" in the practice area of Aboriginal Law by his peers through the legal publisher Lexpert and listed by the publication LawDay as one of the top 35 leading lawyers in Canada in the practice area of Aboriginal Law