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2013 Annual MacFadyen Lecture

The 2013 MacFadyen Lecture is to be delivered on Wednesday 6 March by The Rt Hon. Lord Hamilton. The lecture is entitled ‘The legal landscape before the Paisley snail: What an analysis of prior Scots law might have revealed’.

The lecture will take place at the Royal Society of Edinburgh in George Street at 6.00pm.

Outline of lecture: Donoghue v. Stevenson, perhaps the most famous case in Scottish jurisprudence, was decided by the House of Lords in 1932 on a consideration solely of English law, the supposition being that the law of England and the law of Scotland were the same. In fact a wealth of prior Scottish decisions, from 1795 onwards, had addressed questions of liability for the causation of personal injury. In this lecture Lord Hamilton, the immediate past President of the Court of Session, formerly Scotland’s most senior judge, reviews that prior jurisprudence and offers some thoughts on how a consideration of it, and its underlying principles, might have influenced the outcome in Donoghue.

Admission is with invitation only; places will be awarded on a first come first serve basis. To obtain a free invitation please email the Secretary