The University of Glasgow has an active and engaged community of historians who write, teach and supervise in a wide number of areas of legal history. Legal historians in the School of Law convene under the headship of Prof Ernest Metzger. The School's particular strengths lie in Scottish legal history, European legal history, and Roman law.
Members are engaged widely in projects and ventures nationally and internationally. They hold offices in historical societies and on the boards of periodicals, and speak at international venues. They contribute actively to the literature.
Legal history is not simply about "how people used to govern themselves". It is also a way of provoking a modern discipline that reflects too rarely on why it does what it does: why it clings to certain methods of reasoning, why it looks for solutions here but not there, why it reuses certain words and ideas. Law is never aloof from its creators: legal history shows this.
Visitors to this site will find information about members; their interests and their books; and the courses they teach. There is also information about projects and ventures relating to legal history, supported by the University of Glasgow.
06 SepThe 37th Annual Conference and AGM of the Scottish Legal History Group will be held in the Reading Room of the Advocates’ Library, Parliament House, Edinburgh, on Saturday 7 October 2017.
18 AugEva-Maria Kuhn has been selected as our next Alan Rodger Postgraduate Visiting Researcher.
14 FebOn 17 March 2017 at 5.00 pm, Lucinda Kirby of the University of Liverpool will speak on "Public doctors and the law in fourth century Egypt" at the University of Glasgow.
05 FebFor the academic year 2017/18, the Stair Society will offer one or more one-year bursaries of £1,000 to postgraduate students who are enrolled in a Masters or PhD programme and who are preparing a thesis in Scottish legal history, broadly construed.