The 81st Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held in the Mackenzie Building, Old Assembly Close, Edinburgh, on Saturday 19 November 2016, by courtesy of the Faculty of Advocates. The business part of the meeting will take place from 10.30 to 11.00 am. Tea and coffee will be served at 11.00 am.
At 11.30 am Professor John W. Cairns will deliver the Society’s annual lecture, his title being 'Reforming Legal Education in Edinburgh: Roman Law, 1792-1800'. Professor Cairns was appointed to the Chair of Legal History in the University of Edinburgh in 2000 and in December 2012 he was appointed to the Chair of Civil Law there. He has also worked as a Visiting Professor at the University of Miami (1988, 1991, 1995) and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas (1986). He is the immediate past Chairman of the Society’s Council, a post he held with distinction from 1998 to 2015. He advises that in the last twenty years of the eighteenth century, in the late enlightenment, legal education in Edinburgh underwent considerable change. Crucial appointments to the four chairs of law re-oriented legal education in the university along essentially Smithian lines. One fascinating development was the teaching of John Wilde. A brilliant man, Wilde had a tragic life; but his innovations in teaching Roman law were of great importance.
For members of the Faculty of Advocates the lecture has been approved for 1 hour’s CPD.