Honorary Professor

MA (Hons), LLB, FRSE

Biography

Member, legal staff, Scottish Law Commission 1971-1994; Commissioner 1995-2000; general editor, Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia since 2000; research interests include the Scots law of property, esp. neighbourhood;obligations (delict, unjustified enrichment); remedies; insolvency; history of Scottish private law doctrines; law reform.

Edited Books

Niall R. Whitty, Reinhard Zimmermann Rights of Personality in Scots Law: A Comparative Perspective (Dundee University Press, 2009)

Journal Articles

Laura Macgregor, Niall R. Whitty 'Payment of another's debt, unjustified enrichment and ad hoc agency' (2011) Edinburgh Law Review 57-87

Niall R. Whitty 'Transco plc v Glasgow City Council: Developing Enrichment Law after Shilliday' (2006) Edinburgh Law Review 11 113

Niall R. Whitty 'Rights of Personality, Property Rights and the Human Body in Scots Law' (2005) Edinburgh Law Review 9 194

Niall R. Whitty 'Unjustified Enrichment and Burnett Trs v Grainger' (2004) Edinburgh Law Review 8 395

Niall R. Whitty 'Actions and Petitions' (2003) Scottish Law & Practice Quarterly 8 39

Niall R. Whitty 'A note on the source of the plus quam tolerabile concept in nuisance' (2003) Edinburgh Law Review 7 218

Niall R. Whitty 'From Rules to Discretion: Changes in the Fabric of Scots Private Law' (2003) Edinburgh Law Review 7 281

Niall R. Whitty 'The Scottish Enrichment Revolution' (2001) Scottish Law & Practice Quarterly 6 167

Niall R. Whitty 'The Civilian Tradition and Debates on Scots Law' (1996) Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg 227 and 442

Niall R. Whitty 'Die Reform des schottischen Bereicherungsrecht (translated by H Wicke)' (1995) Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht 216

Niall R. Whitty 'Sharp v Thomson: Identifying the Mischief' (1995) Scots Law Times 79

Niall R. Whitty 'Some Trends and Issues in Scots Enrichment Law' (1994) Juridical Review 127

Niall R. Whitty 'Indirect Enrichment in Scots Law' (1994) Juridical Review Review 200 (Part I) and 239 (Part II)

Niall R. Whitty 'Ultra Vires Swap Contracts and Unjustified Enrichment' (1994) Scots Law Times 337

Niall R. Whitty 'Positive and Negative Interdicts' (1990) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland Vol 35 453 (Part I) and 510 (Part II)

Niall R. Whitty 'Reasonable Neighbourhood' (1982) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland 27 497 (Part I) (1983) 28 5 (Part II)

Chapters

Niall R. Whitty, Charlotte Waelde 'A Rights of Personality Database' in Niall R. Whitty, Reinhard Zimmermann (eds) Rights of Personality in Scots Law: A Comparative Perspective (Dundee University Press, 2009) 485

Niall R. Whitty 'Overview of Rights of Personality in Scots Law' in Niall R. Whitty, Reinhard Zimmermann (eds) Rights of Personality in Scots Law: A Comparative Perspective (Dundee University Press, 2009) 147

Niall R. Whitty, R Zimmermann 'Rights of Personality in Scots Law: Issues and Options' in Niall R. Whitty, Reinhard Zimmermann (eds) Rights of Personality in Scots Law: A Comparative Perspective (Dundee University Press, 2009) 1

Niall R. Whitty 'The Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia and the Institutional Tradition' in Simon Hetherington (eds) Halsbury's Laws of England: Centenary Essays 2007 (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2007) 203

Niall R. Whitty 'Introduction to the Reissue Title on 'Civil Procedure'' in (eds) The Laws of Scotland, Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia (Butterworths Law (Scotland), 2007)

Niall R. Whitty, Murray Earle 'Reissue Title on 'Medical Law'' in (eds) The Laws of Scotland, Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia (Butterworths Law (Scotland), 2006)

Niall R. Whitty 'Borrowing from English Equity and minority shareholders' remedies in Scots law' in Elspeth Christie Reid, David Carey Miller (eds) A Mixed Legal System in Transition: T B Smith and the Progress of Scots Law (Edinburgh University Press, 2005)

Niall R. Whitty, Daniel Visser 'Unjustified Enrichment' in Kenneth Reid, Reinhard Zimmermann, Daniel Visser (eds) Mixed Legal Systems in Comparative Perspective: Property and Obligations in Scotland and South Africa (Oxford University Press, 2004) 399-436

Niall R. Whitty, Deon van Zyl 'Unauthorized Management of Affairs (Negotiorum Gestio)' in Kenneth Reid, Reinhard Zimmermann, Daniel Visser (eds) Mixed Legal Systems in Comparative Perspective: Property and Obligations in Scotland and South Africa (Oxford University Press, 2004) 366-398

Niall R. Whitty 'A token of independence: debates on the history and development of Scots law' in Hector MacQueen, Antoni Vaquer, Santiago Espiau (eds) Regional Private Laws and Codification in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2003)

Niall R. Whitty 'Rationality, nationality and the taxonomy of unjustified enrichment' in David Johnston and Reinhard Zimmermann (eds) Unjustified Enrichment: Key Issues in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2002) Ch. 23

Niall R. Whitty 'Nuisance' in (eds) Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia of the Laws of Scotland (Re-issue 4) (Butterworths Law (Scotland), 2001)

Niall R. Whitty, Daniel Visser 'The Structure of the Law of Delict in Historical Perspective' in Reinhard Zimmermann (eds) A History of Private Law in Scotland, II: Obligations (Oxford University Press, 2000) 422-76
Abstract: This chapter aims to trace and describe the historical evolution of the distinctions between: the criminal law and private law as manifested in the law of delict; the law of property and the law of obligations within the private law; the law of delict and the different areas of the law of obligations; and the different areas of the delict itself. In addition to describing the historical evolution of the law of delict by distinguishing it from other laws, the chapter also attempts to make observations of the function of delict as seen in the historical change of the taxonomy of this area of the law. DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299288.003.0015

Niall R. Whitty 'Water Law Regimes' in Kenneth Reid, Reinhard Zimmermann (eds) A History of Private Law in Scotland, vol 1: Introduction and Property (Oxford University Press, 2000) ch 11
Abstract: The development of the Scots law of water rights broadly follows the familiar three-stage pattern found in areas throughout Scots law: a first medieval reception of English (Glanvillian) law, followed by a reception of Roman law as developed in the Europeanjus commune, followed by a second reception of English law beginning in the late eighteenth century. In the domain of water rights, doctrinal history can explain the taxonomic and semantic difficulties of the modern Scots law, a factor adding spice to the more truly historical task of understanding the universal and local factors which have influenced its development. DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267782.003.0011

Niall R. Whitty 'Negotiorum Gestio' in (eds) Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia (Butterworths and the Law Society of Scotland, 1996) Vol. 15

Niall R. Whitty, J W G Blackie 'Scots Law and the New Ius Commune' in Hector MacQueen Scots Law into the 21st Century: Essays in Honour of W. A. Wilson (W. Green / Sweet & Maxwell, 1996) pp.65-81

Niall R. Whitty 'Negotiorum Gestio' in Robert Black, Hamish Henderson, Joseph M. Thomson, Kenneth Miller (eds) The Laws of Scotland: Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia (Butterworths, 1988) Vol 15, pp.65-93

Notes and Reviews

Niall R. Whitty 'Mapping the Law: Essays in Memory of Peter Birks edited by Andrew Burrows and Lord Rodger of Earlsferry' (2008) Restitution Law Review 241-256

Papers and Presentations

Niall R. Whitty 'Recovery of property from remote recipients in Scots law' presented at Scrimgeour Lecture, 2003