Invincible or Just a Flesh Wound? The Holy Grail of Scots Law

Legal Information Management: Journal of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians, volume 14(1) (2014) pp 2-14

Edinburgh School of Law Research Paper No. 2014/12

22 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2014

Date Written: March 26, 2014

Abstract

An assessment of the current state of Scots law and the Scottish legal system, arguing that as a small legal system which cannot be self-contained it is inevitably in a state of crisis, from which, however, it will not be rescued by Scotland becoming independent. Whatever happens after the referendum concerning Scottish Independence on 18 September 2014, the law is in need of active legislative reform, possibly codification, while the courts must become more positive in the attraction of business rather than, as it sometimes seems, seeking to push it away. Mere defence of the status quo will end in disablement and defeat. The text is a rewritten and lightly updated version of the Willi Steiner Memorial Lecture given at the 44th Annual Conference of the in British and Irish Association of Law Librarians held in Glasgow on 13 June 2013.

Keywords: Scots Law, Scottish Legal System, Independence referendum.

Suggested Citation

MacQueen, Hector Lewis, Invincible or Just a Flesh Wound? The Holy Grail of Scots Law (March 26, 2014). Legal Information Management: Journal of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians, volume 14(1) (2014) pp 2-14; Edinburgh School of Law Research Paper No. 2014/12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2419439 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2419439

Hector Lewis MacQueen (Contact Author)

University of Edinburgh - School of Law ( email )

Edinburgh EH8 9YL
United Kingdom
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