Category Archives: New Books

New Book: Oxford Handbook of Roman Law and Society

The Oxford Handbook of Roman Law and Society, edited by Paul J. du Plessis, Clifford Ando, and Kaius Tuori, surveys the landscape of contemporary research and charts principal directions of future inquiry. More than a history of doctrine or an … Continue reading

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Cicero’s Law: Rethinking the Roman Law of the Late Republic

A fundamental re-assessment of Cicero’s place in Roman law Ed. Paul J. du Plessis Edinburgh University Press This volume brings together an international team of scholars to debate Cicero’s role in the narrative of Roman law in the late Republic … Continue reading

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Book Discussion: Lord Kames: Legal and Social Theorist

Careful readers of the blog will recall that last month, on 15 January, the Centre for Legal History at Edinburgh hosted a discussion of the new book by Andreas Rahmatian of the University of Glasgow, entitled Lord Kames: Legal and Social … Continue reading

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John Finlay on John Finlay, Legal Practice in Eighteenth-Century Scotland

On 23 October, 2015, the Centre for Legal History of the Edinburgh Law School held the first of the book events it was holding this year. Professor John Finlay of Glasgow gave a presentation about his recent book, John Finlay, Legal … Continue reading

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New Roman Law Textbook: Laurent Waelkens, Amne Adverso

Another textbook in English on Roman Law is always to be welcomed. A lively market in them indicates the continuing vitality of the discipline; good textbooks encourage students to learn and also to opt for the subject. It is also good to … Continue reading

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New Book: Eighteenth-Century Scotland

Roger Emerson, who, in 2013, won the Saltire Society prize for best biography with his work on that great Scotsman, Archibald, 3rd Duke of Argyll, is shortly to publish another work under the same imprint, humming earth. It is entitled: Neglected … Continue reading

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Magna Carta – Again: Book Offer for readers of this Blog

This Blog has already mentioned more than once the the 800th anniversary of the grant at Runnymede of Magna Carta in 2015. One suspects it will be mentioned again a few times more before the end of the year. The story of … Continue reading

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Glasgow Tercentenary Essays

Late in 1713, the masters of the University or College of Glasgow persuaded Queen Anne to allow the funding out of the Bishop’s Rents, which had come into the hands of the Crown, of a chair in law. Given the … Continue reading

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Re-Interpreting Blackstone’s Commentaries: A Seminal Text in National and International Contexts. Edited by Wilfrid Prest

Since research for his PhD, this blogger has had a long-term interest in Blackstone. Most readers of the blog will be aware of the wonderful new work on Blackstone being carried out in Adelaide under the leadership of Wilfrid Prest. This … Continue reading

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Peter Birks and the Roman Law of Obligations

When this blogger returned to the then Faculty of Law of the University of Edinburgh as a young lecturer, Peter Birks held the Chair of Civil Law. A man of fearsome energy, Birks founded the Edinburgh Roman Law Group, as … Continue reading

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