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William Gordon

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625161

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625161.001.0001

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Scotland and France. The Legal Connection☼

Scotland and France. The Legal Connection☼

(p.299) 22 Scotland and France. The Legal Connection
Roman Law, Scots Law and Legal History

William M Gordon

Edinburgh University Press

Scotland had close political ties to France until the sixteenth century and also shared legal ideas. In the law of obligations and moveable property there is common ground in Roman and Canon law and also some evidence of direct borrowing. Union of Scotland with England reduced contact with France but Pothier was used a common source of ideas from the eighteenth century and Bell refers frequently to French writers. English influence came to dominate from the nineteenth century but the European Union now opens up new contacts.

Keywords:   Scotland, France, Auld Alliance, Obligations, Moveable property, Pothier, Bell

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