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Upcoming Events

30th Apr 2014

Lecture: Metamorphoses in the Law of Contract: A Mythological Lecture 18:00 (1 hour)

8th May 2014

Seminar: Reform of Child Law: Missed Opportunities 17:30 (2 hours)

Recent Blog Posts

Edinburgh Private Law News Blog

European Parliament adopts proposal for a Common European Sales Law

By 416 votes to 159, with about 65 abstentions, the European Parliament today adopted a legislative resolution on an optional Common European Sales Law (CESL). This is good news for...

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Obligations Blog

The importance of fundamental structural language in the law of obligations

This blogger is currently researching and writing a new book (to be published by Cambridge University Press under the title “Obligations: Law and Language”) on fundamental structural language in the...

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Edinburgh Centre for Private Law

The Edinburgh Centre for Private Law (ECPL), founded in 2009, exists to foster and develop a long tradition of private law scholarship at the University of Edinburgh. Building on Edinburgh’s position as a major university within Europe’s main mixed jurisdiction, much of the research carried out by its members examines Scots law in a European context or fosters a dialogue between the civilian tradition and the common law.

Research Interests

The research interests of ECPL members cover all the main areas of private law including contract, delict, unjustified enrichment, agency, property, succession, trusts, insolvency, labour law and family law.

Postgraduate Studies

The Edinburgh Law School has an extensive and lively postgraduate community studying for the degrees of LLM (both taught and by research) and PhD.


The Edinburgh Centre for Private Law organises and supports a number of events.

WA Wilson Memorial Lectures

The WA Wilson Memorial Lectures commemorate WA (Bill) Wilson (1928-1994) who taught law at the University of Edinburgh from 1960 until his death in 1994 at the age of 65. From 1972 onwards he was the Lord President Reid Professor of Law.

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