Stair Society Annual Lecture 2015

The Stair Society's AGM and Annual Lecture for 2015 will be held on Saturday, 14 November 2015 in the Mackenzie Building, Old Assembly Close, Edinburgh, by courtesy of the Faculty of Advocates.

This year’s lecture will be delivered by the Right Hon Lord Sumption, a noted medieval historian as well as a Justice of the UK Supreme Court.  Best-known as a historian for his multi-volume work on the ‘Hundred Years War’ between England, France and Scotland, he has also written extra-judicially on ‘The Disunited Kingdom: England, Scotland and Ireland’ (2013), a historical contribution to the current constitutional debate in the United Kingdom.

The subject of the lecture will be “Anglo-Scottish Relations, 1290-1513, and the Beginnings of International Law”.  While this clearly springs from Lord Sumption’s interests as a medievalist, it should also explain and illustrate not only the origins but also the continuing significance of the jurisdictional divide between Scotland and England for legal development generally.

The AGM will commence at 10.30 am and the lecture, which members of the public are welcome to attend, at 11.30. Further information about the arrangements may be obtained from the Society’s Secretary at

For members of the Faculty of Advocates, this event is has been accredited for 1 hour of CPD.