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  The influence of Roman and English law on mixed legal systems

   The Business School

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Sitting between the Civil Law and Common Law legal families is a smaller group of legal systems that have received influences from both of these. These "mixed" legal systems, such as those of Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Quebec and Louisiana, are of interest to scholars of comparative law and to legal historians alike. Even though contact between these legal systems has been limited until fairly recently, they bear very striking similarities in their substantive law and in their legal culture. Work has only just begun in recent decades on understanding the processes by which a mixed legal system develops. With growing interest in this area, there is considerable scope for PhD study. 

Academic qualifications 

A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in law with a good fundamental knowledge of property law (in any jurisdiction). 

English language requirement 

IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online. 

Essential attributes: 

 Experience of fundamental concepts in legal history and/or comparative law

 Competent in legal research

 Knowledge of current issues in legal history and/or comparative law

 Good written and oral communication skills

 Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project

 Good time management

Desirable attributes:  

Knowledge of Scots law and/or of law in any jurisdiction with significant Civil Law influences.

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