While One Hundred Remain: T B Smith and the Progress of Scots Law

Kenneth G C Reid

in A Mixed Legal System in Transition

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780748623358
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651467 | DOI:
While One Hundred Remain: T B Smith and the Progress of Scots Law

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This chapter begins with a review of T B Smith's career and writing, which are characterized by a number of paradoxes. It then traces his academic career which began in 1949 with his appointment to the vacant Chair of Law at the University of Aberdeen. It discusses his discovery of mixed legal systems and his inaugural lecture as Chair of Civil Law at Edinburgh on 17 October 1958, which set out, in uncompromising terms, a manifesto for the future of private law in Scotland. The chapter then considers the reactions to Smith's blueprint for Scots law, Smith's scheme for the renewal of Scots law, his interest in comparative law, his commitment to teaching, and his legal writing.

Keywords: Scotts law; mixed legal systems; private law; comparative law; teaching; legal writing

Chapter.  13573 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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