The Civilian Tradition and Scots Law

Aberdeen Quincentenary Essays

1997. 1 Tab.; 393 S.
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On 10 February 1995 the University of Aberdeen celebrated its quincentenary. On that day in 1495 Pope Alexander VI had issued to Bishop William Elphinstone the founding Bull giving authority for the teaching of theology, Canon and civil law, medicine and the liberal arts. In the case of law, it was decided to mark the quincentenary by holding a symposium which would reflect upon the character and influence of the civilian tradition with special emphasis on Scotland. Scholars from Scotland, England, the Netherlands and Germany were asked to deliver papers on various aspects within the general theme: to identifying the impact of Roman law, Canon law and the subsequent ius commune across Europe, taking stock of the significance of the civilian tradition thus established in the modern national legal systems and assessing its relevance within the law of the European Union. These papers are published in the present volume. They offer a wide range of stimulating insights into the growth and the present state of the European legal tradition.


Inhalt: D. L. Carey Miller, A Scottish Celebration of the European Legal Tradition - H. L. MacQueen, The Foundation of Law Teaching at the University of Aberdeen - P. G. Stein, The Medieval Rediscovery of the Roman Civil Law - D. Johnston, The General Influence of Roman Institutions of State and Public Law - R. Feenstra, The Development of European Private Law: A Romanist Watershed? - J. J. Robertson, The Canon Law Vehicle of Civilian Influence with Particular Reference to Scotland - W. M. Gordon, A Comparison of the Influence of Roman Law in England and Scotland - W. D. H. Sellar, The Resilience of the Scottish Common Law - P. B. H. Birks, More Logic and Less Experience: The Difference between Scots Law and English Law - J. W. Cairns, The Civil Law Tradition in Scottish Legal Thought - A. Rodger, The Use of the Civil Law in Scottish Courts - D. Visser, Placing the Civilian Influence in Scotland: A Roman-Dutch Perspective - R. Zimmermann, The Civil Law in European Codes - J. M. J. Chorus, Civilian Elements in European Civil Procedure - D. A. O. Edward, The Role and Relevance of the Civil Law Tradition in the Work of the European Court of Justice - J. A. Usher, The Influence of the Civil Law, via Modern Legal Systems, on European Community Law - Lord Mackenzie-Stuart, The Development of Civil Law Principles at the National and Community Level: Achieving a Balance

Press Reviews

»Diese Sammlung ist auf hohem Niveau. Es ist faszinierend, wie sehr die Aufsätze eine kohärente Zusammenstellung von Variationen eines einzigen Themas bilden, zurückzuführen entweder auf eine hervorragende Zusammenstellung oder eine hervorragende Auswahl der Teilnehmer der ›Celebration of the European Legal Tradition‹ im Jahr 1995.«
Olivia F. Robinson, in: Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte, Romanistische Abteilung, 116/1999

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