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A Mixed Legal System in Transition: T. B. Smith and the Progress of Scots Law

Elspeth Reid and David Carey Miller


This book considers the work of Professor Sir Thomas Smith QC (1915–1988) and, through that work, the development of Scots law as a mixed legal system. Smith was a leading figure in the revival of Scots law that began in the 1950s. Well-known internationally as a comparatist, he was the pioneer of the idea of a grouping of mixed legal systems. Yet in Scotland he was a controversial figure, whose advocacy of the civil law tradition was challenged and whose legacy is disputed. This volume is the first sustained attempt to assess Smith's career, and his writing, methodology, ideology and influenc ... More

Keywords: comparatist, civil law, South Africa, Louisiana, Sir Thomas Smith

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780748623358
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623358.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elspeth Reid, author

David Carey Miller, author

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