Private law has been taught and researched at the University of Edinburgh since 1722. Among the many distinguished scholars who have worked at Edinburgh are John Erskine of Carnock (1737-65), David Hume (1786-1822), George Joseph Bell (1822-43), Sir John Rankine (1888-1922), Sir Thomas B Smith (1958-72), and W A Wilson (1960-94).
The Edinburgh Centre for Private Law exists to foster and develop this long tradition of private law scholarship.
Our membership (see People
) comprises those members of staff and research students at the Edinburgh Law School with an interest in private law. The director is Professor Kenneth Reid.
The Centre holds seminars, symposia and conferences, encourages research and informal discussion (see Research
), and facilitates publication. We have links with scholars in many other institutions in the UK, in Continental Europe and beyond, and we are glad to welcome visitors to our academic community (see Visitors
For intending research students, we are able to offer research supervision across the full range of private law subjects (see Postgraduate Studies
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15 May 2013