Private Law, National Identity and the Case of Scotland

20 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2012

Date Written: October 25, 2012


This is the text of the 26th James Wood Lecture delivered in the University of Glasgow on 25 October 2012. The lecture explores the relationship between private law and perceptions of national identity, taking Scotland as its main example. It concludes that, despite its apparent remoteness in some respects from the political process, private law can be seen as a key component of national identity alongside public and criminal law.

Keywords: Private law. National identity. Scotland. Legal history. Anglo-Scottish Union 1707.

Suggested Citation

MacQueen, Hector Lewis, Private Law, National Identity and the Case of Scotland (October 25, 2012). Edinburgh School of Law Research Paper No. 2012/26, Available at SSRN: or

Hector Lewis MacQueen (Contact Author)

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