Dr Alasdair Peterson
- Lecturer (School of Law)
Dr Alasdair Peterson joined the Law School in January 2020, following a short spell as a Teaching Fellow in Commercial Law at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to this, he qualified as a solicitor and notary public after completing a traineeship with Brodies LLP between 2017 and 2019.
Alasdair obtained his LLB (Hons) at the University of Edinburgh in 2012 before going to obtain his PhD (2017) and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (2017) at the same institution. The title of his PhD thesis was “The Positive Prescription of Servitudes in Scots Law” and his supervisors were Professor Kenneth Reid and Dr Daniel Carr. During his PhD studies, Alasdair also spent a year as a Research Assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg.
He primarily teaches property law and has delivered CPD sessions on prescriptive servitudes to law firms in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Alasdair’s research interests lie primarily in the area of property law, together with a broader interest in Scots and comparative private law more generally. His PhD research focused on the positive prescription of servitudes in Scots law and Alasdair retains a keen interest in both the law of servitudes and the law of acquisitive/positive prescription. Over the coming years, he intends to extend his research into more structural aspects of property law and, in particular, the extent to which systematisation of property law concepts is relevant in devising solutions to practical problems.
His monograph on Prescriptive Servitudes, a revised version of his PhD thesis, is currently in publication with Avizandum publishers and is scheduled to appear as volume 7 of the Studies in Scots Law series in 2020. Alasdair is also currently preparing a Scottish report for a Common Core of European Private Law project on Acquisition of Land through Long-Term Use (B Hoops & E Marais (eds)).
Edinburgh Legal Education Trust PhD Scholarship, 2012-2016
Max Planck Society Stipendium, 2013-2014
Property Law (Level 2)
Professional affiliations and memberships:
- Solicitor and Notary Public, Law Society of Scotland
- Fellow, European Law Institute
- Member, Society of Legal Scholars
- Member, Ius Commune Research School
- Member, Edinburgh Centre for Private Law
- Member, Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law
- Member, The Stair Society
- Member, Crofting Law Group