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Martin Hogg

Personal Chair Of The Law of Obligations

Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Professor Hogg welcomes proposals for the supervision of PhD students on any aspect of the law of obligations, especially in the fields of (i) obligations theory, (ii) contract theory, (iii) and the law of promise, whether from a national law or comparative legal perspective. He is also happy to discuss with any prospective doctoral student areas of the law in which doctoral study is needed, and in which therefore doctoral candidates have the potential to make a significant contribution to legal development.

Professional Qualifications



Following two years qualifying as a Solicitor with Dundas & Wilson CS in Edinburgh, Martin Hogg was appointed as a Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Edinburgh in 1995. In 2004 he was appointed Senior Lecturer, and in 2013 was appointed to a Chair in the Law of Obligations. He is a (non-practising) member of the Faculty of Advocates (the Scottish Bar).

Professor Hogg has previously held office as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law, as well as Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Teaching, Deputy Director of Research, and Convener of the Board of Studies. He took office as Deputy Head of the Law School in 2014, and became Head of School and Dean of Law in 2017.

Research Interests

His main areas of research lie in all aspects of the law of obligations, with current particular emphases on (i) comparative obligations theory, (ii) contract and promise, and (iii) fundamental structural language in the law of obligations. He is the Scottish Reporter for the European Tort Law Yearbook, published annually by the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL), and was elected as a Fellow of ECTIL in 2013 and subsequently a Member in 2015.

His first book "Obligations" was published by Avizandum Publishing in 2003; a second edition followed in 2006. His second major work, "Promises and Contract Law", published by Cambridge University Press in 2011 (reprinted 2014), considered the role of promise in contract law from a comparative perspective. His latest monograph, "Obligations: Law and Language", was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. It considers the meaning of fundamental structural language employed by the law of obligations in a number of jurisdictions (principally England, Scotland, the USA, Canada, and Australia).

Research specialisations include:

(a) Comparative contract theory, and Promise:

Professor Hogg's research in this field appears in his book, "Promises and Contract Law: Comparative Perspectives". The subject of his research formed the basis for a workshop on Contract Law and Promises hosted by the Edinburgh Centre for Private Law in 2011.

(b) fundamental structural language in the law of obligations

Professor Hogg's research into the fundamental structural language of the law of obligations forms the basis of his most recent book, "Obligations Law and Language" (published in February 2017). He delivered a paper on this subject at a Contract Conference hosted at the Edinburgh Law School in August 2013, and presented again on the same subject at the Obligations VII Conference held at the University of Hong Kong in July 2014. He will be one of the speakers at a Workshop on the subject to be held at the Edinburgh Law School in April 2017.

(c) Themes in the law of delict: causation; damage; misconduct

Professor Hogg is the Scots Law contributor to the ongoing "Digest of European Tort Law" project operating under the auspices of the Austrian Academy of Science to investigate the nature of various aspects of European tort/delict law. Three volumes of the project's research have been published thus far: volume 1 on natural causation, volume 2 on damage, and volume 3 on misconduct. Planning for the fourth volume (on the limits of liability) is underway, and Professor Hogg will be one of the editors for this volume.

(d) Codification of Private Law

Professor Hogg spoke on this subject at a Conference in Brisbane in December 2015, the proceedings of which have subsequently been published in a volume entitled "Private Law in the 21st Century". He spoke again on the subject at a roundtable discussion at Maastricht University in May 2017.


Research outputs

  1. Delict in Scotland in 2019

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Delict in Scotland in 2018

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Research activities & awards

  1. Recent Developments in the Scots Law of Unjustified Enrichment

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. The law of promise: contract's poor relation?

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. Degruyter (Publisher)

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