Tony Weir: Memorial Issue: Tulane Law Review
This Blog did not include an obituary for Tony Weir. He was not keen that there should be one published, nor that there be a Gedenkschrift in his memory; but both in fact have now happened. Our colleague Hector MacQueen produced an excellent obituary in our sibling Blog, Scots Law News: http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/sln/blogentry.aspx?blogentryref=8825 Now the Tulane Law Review has published a “Symposium” in his honour. In American Law Reviews symposiums are basically themed issues focused on an issue of debate; but Tony, a convivial type, would have appreciated its root meaning of a drinking party with conversation! But though Tony disapproved of Festschriften, he might well have forgiven the idea of a Gedenkschrift or posthumous liber amicorum, even if in a student-edited law review, another pet disapproval. Given your Blogger was one of the contributors, I shall not review the volume: its contents may be found listed and abstracted at http://www.tulanelawreview.org/category/87-4/ Given Tony’s interests, the essays range over Roman law, legal history, comparative law, and torts or delict, as well as touching on various Weir themes, such as friendship – no doubt an important part of a true symposium! There is also a good introduction by Shael Herman, who, along with the student editors, is to be congratulated. Given Tony’s liking for Tulane, I am sure his shade, if it still waits for the ferryman, would not mind.
One nice memorial to this remarkable man was the private publication (produced by Hart publishing) of a collection of his case notes: a genre of legal commentary in which he excelled: Tony Weir on the Case, ed. by Barnard, Cornish, Hopkins and McBride (Oxford, 2012).