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A Mixed Legal System in TransitionT. B. Smith and the Progress of Scots Law$
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Elspeth Reid and David Carey Miller

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623358

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623358.001.0001

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

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

(p.1) 1 While One Hundred Remain: T B Smith and the Progress of Scots Law
A Mixed Legal System in Transition

Kenneth G C Reid

Edinburgh University Press

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

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