From Text-Book to Book of Authority: The Principles of George Joseph Bell

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Abstract

As the last of the “institutional” works, George Joseph Bell’s Principles of the Law of Scotland is today seen as marking the end of the “institutional” period in Scottish legal development. Remarkably, however, the Principles was originally conceived, not as an authoritative work which would bring its author enduring fame, but as a student text - indeed as one part only of a whole system of legal education. This paper examines the circumstances in which the Principles was written and considers its gradual transformation into a work of a quite different kind.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSSRN
PublisherUniversity of Edinburgh, School of Law, Working Papers
Volume2010/20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Scots law
  • Legal History
  • George Joseph Bell
  • Principles of the Law of Scotland
  • Institutional Writings

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