Section: Seminars and Lectures
Henry Goudy SeminarDuring the course of the 1980s Peter Birks, then holder of the chair of Civil law at the University of Edinburgh 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 of the [Edinburgh Roman Law] Group with the particular aim of encouraging students whose interest in law or the ancient world attracts them to the study of Roman law.’
After Peter Birks’ departure from the chair in Civil law in the late 80s, the Roman law club lay dormant, while the Edinburgh Roman Law Group went from strength to strength, becoming one of the most prestigious meetings of its kind in Europe. With the filling of the chair in Civil law once more in 2013, it seems appropriate to resurrect the Roman law club also. Given the long and illustrious history of Civil law teaching at Edinburgh, it seems appropriate to rename the club after one of the great civilians who held the chair in the past, Henry Goudy,* professor of Civil law at the University of Edinburgh from 1889 to 1893. Thus, from 2013, the newly resurrected Roman law club will be known as the Henry Goudy Seminar in Roman Law.
The group will meet late each month during term time and will be led by Dr Paul J. du Plessis. It is open to all undergraduates, postgraduates, and staff. You do not have to enrol for this seminar. Those who attend will be asked to sign a register to record their presence. A reading programme will be followed. Notification of the reading for the next meeting will be posted on this web page one month in advance.
The next Henry Goudy Seminar will be held on Tuesday 24 January.
The chosen text is Pro Roscio Amerino by Cicero. We will meet at 6.15pm in room 9.15, David Hume Tower, with the intention of going from there to a restaurant for a meal.
* John W. Cairns, ‘Goudy, Henry (1848–1921)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/50979, accessed 17 Sept 2013]
This page was published on 5 January 2017