The Stair Society was founded in 1934 to encourage the study and advance the knowledge of the history of Scots Law by the publication of original documents and by the reprinting and editing of works of sufficient rarity or importance.

The Society, a registered charity, has produced over 60 volumes, aiming to publish a volume each year (although this is not guaranteed). Some of these are of antiquarian interest, while others are of wider intellectual and historical significance.

Membership is open to all with an interest in the history of Scots law, in the UK or abroad. Our members include practising lawyers, legal academics, law students, and a wide range of academic and professional institutions, libraries and law firms.

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AGM and Annual Lecture: 18 November 2017 -
Professor CH (Remco) Van Rhee, Professor of European Legal History and Comparative Civil Procedure in the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, will deliver the Society’s annual lecture, his title being 'Who is in control? Historical perspectives on the role of the judge and the parties in civil litigation'.
Call for Papers: Legal History and Empires, University of the West Indies, July 2018 -
The conference ‘Legal History and Empires: Perspectives from the Colonised’ will be held at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, in Barbados from 11 to 13 July 2018.

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Annual Lecture 2017

Prof dr CH (Remco) van Rhee, Professor of European Legal History and Comparative Civil Procedure at Maastricht University, accepted our invitation to address our 2017 AGM. He spoke on 'Who is in control? Historical perspectives on the role of the judge and the parties in civil litigation'.

The AGM and lecture took place on Saturday, 18 November 2017.