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Enlightenment, Legal Education, and CritiqueSelected Essays on the History of Scots Law, Volume 2$
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John W. Cairns

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748682133

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682133.001.0001

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John Millar, Ivan Andreyevich Tret’yakov, and Semyon Efimovich Desnitsky: A Legal Education in Scotland, 1761–1767

John Millar, Ivan Andreyevich Tret’yakov, and Semyon Efimovich Desnitsky: A Legal Education in Scotland, 1761–1767

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(p.219) 8 John Millar, Ivan Andreyevich Tret’yakov, and Semyon Efimovich Desnitsky: A Legal Education in Scotland, 1761–1767*
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Enlightenment, Legal Education, and Critique
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John W Cairns

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682133.003.0008

This chapter examines the influence of John Millar on two young Russian students, Semyon Efmovich Desnitsky and Ivan Andreyevich Tret'yakov, who arrived to study in Glasgow University in 1761, the year Millar was appointed Regius Professor of Civil Law. Millar attracted pupils from all over Great Britain and Ireland. He even had Russian pupils on whom he exerted demonstrable influence. As a teacher, Millar moved classes in law from a still traditional focus inherited from the Dutch law schools to instruction informed by the approach and learning of the Scottish Enlightenment. The chapter considers what Desnitsky and Tret'yakov learned from Millar. On their return to Moscow, both Desnitsky and Tret'yakov were in favour of the change to lecturing in Russian rather than in Latin in the University of Moscow — a move that could be attributed to their experience of legal education in the University of Glasgow and, in particular, of Millar's lectures.

Keywords:   legal education, John Millar, Russian students, Semyon Efmovich Desnitsky, Ivan Andreyevich Tret'yakov, Glasgow University, University of Moscow

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