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.
10 FebThe University of Glasgow School of Law invites applications from PhD students in Roman law / legal history for the post of Alan Rodger Postgraduate Visiting Researcher.
30 JanOn 8 March 2022, Dr Inge Van Hulle of the Max Planck Institute of Legal History and Legal Theory will speak via Zoom on Britain and international law in West Africa.
30 MayJames Hamilton, Research Principal of the WS Society, will speak on 'Legal Bibliophilia in the Dear Green Place: Dr David Murray's lost law archive and his Glasgow 1860-1928'. There will also be a display of items from the Library's Murray Collection.