Continuity, Influences and Integration in Scottish Legal History: Select Essays of David Sellar

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Edited collection of the legal history essays of David Sellar (1941-2019).

David Sellar was a pioneering historian of Scots law who rejected previous interpretations of the subject as a series of false starts and rejected experiments. He emphasised instead the continuity of legal development, with change a process of integration of external influences from very early times on. Sellar’s approach, articulated mainly through essays published in diverse places over four decades, significantly influenced our general understanding of legal history in Scotland as well as leading to appreciation elsewhere of its comparative significance.

By gathering Sellar's major essays in a single collection, this book demonstrates the scope and reach of Sellar’s overall contribution. It provides an opportunity to view Sellar’s work as a whole and to access his distinctive perspective on the overall trajectory of Scottish law.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages408
ISBN (Electronic)9781474488792, 9781474488785
ISBN (Print)9781474488761
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2022

Publication series

NameEdinburgh Studies in Law
PublisherEdinburgh University Press


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