Section: Seminars and Lectures

Edinburgh Roman Law Group

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The Edinburgh Roman Law Group was founded in the early 1980s by the late Professor Peter Birks, then holder of the Chair of Civil Law at the University of Edinburgh, later Regius Professor of Civil Law at All Souls, Oxford. It is an interdisciplinary forum devoted to the study of Roman law in its broadest sense. The Group consists of specialists, students and members of the public with a general interest in Roman law.

Professor PJ du Plessis is the convener of the Edinburgh Roman Law Group and all enquires about it may be directed to him. (Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9YL, alternatively

The group meets on two or three occasions during the course of the academic year. All meetings are open to the public. See the Centre for Legal History's Events Page for details of the Edinburgh Roman Law Group's meetings.

If you wish to be informed of future meetings of the ERLG, join our mailing list by sending an email to the convener at

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The Edinburgh Roman Law Group organised a conference on 'Law and Society in the Roman World' in 2004/05. The proceedings have been published as a volume in the Edinburgh Studies in Law series as JW Cairns and PJ du Plessis (eds) Beyond Dogmatics: Law and Society in the Roman World (EUP 2007).

New Frontiers: Law and Society in the Roman World (EUP 2013; pbk edn 2014), edited by Paul J du Plessis, continued the interdisciplinary perspective and approach explored in Beyond Dogmatics.

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