Author Archives: John Cairns

Peter Chiene Lecture. Reminder

This is to remind readers that the Chiene Lecture for 2020 will be delivered by Professor Humfress of St Andrews. The Lecture will be followed by a Reception in the Quad Teaching (formerly Lorimer) Room.

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Rare Book School: Yale Law Library

All legal historians know the importance of the work of Mike Widener in developing greater knowledge about rare books, particularly through the Rare Book School at Yale Law Library. He is offering it again this summer. See the note below: … Continue reading

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Peter Chiene Lecture

The next Peter Chiene Lecture will be delivered on 31 January by Professor Caroline Humfress of the University of St. Andrews at 17.30 in the Usha Kasera Lecture Theatre in Old College. Her title is “Beyond (Roman) Law and Empire”. … Continue reading

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David Armitage: George III and the Law of Nations

The second Berriedale Keith Lecture was delivered in Edinburgh on 5th December, 2019. The lecturer was Professor David Armitage of the History Department at Harvard https://scholar.harvard.edu/armitage/home. Professor Armitage talked on “George III and the Law of Nations” https://www.law.ed.ac.uk/news-events/events/george-iii-and-law-nations-david-armitage. The lecture … Continue reading

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Research Students’ Graduation, Centre for Legal History 23 November, 2019

On 23 November, at the winter graduation ceremony in law at the University of Edinburgh, four research students in legal history took their degrees. In alphabetical order they were: Peter Candy, currently Sir John Baker Lecturer and Research Fellow at … Continue reading

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Session Papers: University of Virginia

Your blogger has been involved in a variety of projects relating to the Session Papers, one of the most important historical sources on Scots law and Scottish history (politics, economic, social). None of these projects has come to fruition through … Continue reading

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Legal Education and the Legal Profession

For most of his academic career, your blogger has been interested in both the legal profession and legal education. The topics are of course closely linked. Two recently published books are worth drawing to the attention of the readers of … Continue reading

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The de la Vergne Volume and the Civil Law – A Celebration

A crucial document in understanding the history of the law in Louisiana after the cession to the United States is known as the de la Vergne Volume or manuscript. Your blogger has discussed it, first in his PhD thesis, and … Continue reading

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Legal Dress In Scotland

One fascinating historical study is that of the dress of lawyers and judges. In general in all the European countries lawyers have historically worn some type of robe to demonstrate their status and judges have worn robes specific to their … Continue reading

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Armada chests and legal documents: Anderson Strathern

Most law firms have antecedents back through the centuries. In recent years, there have been many amalgamations, and law firms can end up holding interesting caches of documents that once belonged to clients, or that they acquired in the course … Continue reading

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