We learned of a call for papers for a conference on Legal History in Modern Practice Conference in Aberdeen, which aims to provide a forum for the discussion of the part that historical scholarship might play in the development of modern Scottish legal doctrine.
Call for Papers
The Law School at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, are hosting a conference on the subject of Legal History in Modern Practice between the 22nd and 24th of May 2020. This conference aims to provide a forum for the discussion of the part that historical scholarship might play in the development of modern Scottish legal doctrine. In his 1947 essay on the Future of the Legal Profession, Lord Cooper of Culross observed that ‘the Scottish lawyer has been first and foremost a comparative lawyer since the thirteenth century, and when he ceases to be a comparative lawyer Scots Law will die’. The American scholar Professor Gordley has, however, observed more recently that ‘even if a comparative law scholar were only interested in the structure of modern rules, he would need the help of history’. Following these insights the organisers cordially invite the submission of papers considering the value and utility of historical legal scholarship for modern Scots law. Such papers may – among other things – consider the contemporary role of Civilian doctrine in Scottish practice, the role of historical scholarship in law reform and the courts, or opportunities for the Scottish legal profession to develop neglected doctrines.
Papers addressing any area of Scots law (private or public) are welcomed, as are those which consider the Scottish dimension of international or internationalised areas of law. We would ask those who are interested in presenting a paper at this conference to send an abstract of no more than 300 words to the organisers at LHMPConf@rgu.ac.uk by the 31st of October 2019.
The conference organisers are pleased to confirm that the Hon. Lord Stewart, Senator of the College of Justice and current President of the Stair Society, shall provide the keynote address at this event. Any further questions about the conference can be directed to the organisers, Dr Craig Anderson and Jonathan Brown, at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Updates concerning the conference will also be posted on the conference twitter page, @LHMPConf.
We look forward to welcoming everyone to the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen for this event on the 22nd of May next year.
 Lord Cooper of Culross, The Future of the Legal Profession in Selected Papers, (Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd Ltd., 1957), p.159
 James Gordley, Comparative Law and Legal History, in Mathias Reimann and Reinhard Zimmermann, The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law, (Oxford: OUP, 2006)
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