Section: Seminars and Lectures

Seminars and Lectures

Roman Law

The Edinburgh Roman Law Group, founded by the late Professor Peter B H Birks when he held the Chair of Civil Law in Edinburgh, presents a regular and lively programme of speakers on Roman law.

During the course of the 1980s Peter Birks also set up a Roman law club. According to the advertisement for this club, it was designed to operate in conjunction with the Edinburgh Roman Law Group and was ‘… an informal activity...with the particular aim of encouraging students whose interest in law or the ancient world attracts them to the study of Roman law'.

The Henry Goudy Seminar  was revived in 2013 is open to all undergraduates, postgraduates, and staff.

A more recent initiative is the programme of Ancient Law in Context organised with Ancient History (in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology). This offers an interdisciplinary research network exploring law and economic and social development, bringing together specialists in ancient law and all aspects of ancient history – social, economic, and political.

Legal History

The Alan Watson Seminar for Legal History (formerly the Legal History Discussion Group), also initiated by Professor Birks, holds informal talks though the year at which individuals present their research, often at an early stage of development.

Centre Lecture Series

The Centre also holds the biennial (sometimes annual) Peter Chiene Lecture, bringing in a distinguished legal historian to speak.


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