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Edinburgh Law School Alumni Newsletter - 2019

Mon 1 July 2019

alumni newsletter 2019

Features: Introducing the New Old College | In Memoriam: Prof Alan Watson and Mr David Sellar | On the retirement of Prof Anne Griffiths | Alumni interviews: Rep Matthew Soper and Dr Thomas Horsley

This has been a truly landmark year for the Law School. In this edition of the alumni newsletter, we look back on some of the past year’s highlights, reflect on the changes we have seen, and celebrate our eminent teaching and research, which continues to drive change throughout Scotland, the UK, and the world. 2018 saw the launch of numerous new and exciting projects, such as the Scottish Feminist Judgments Project, which continues to gather momentum (read more on page 8), while projects such as the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime and The integration of British Transport Police in Police Scotland have recently been recognised for their impact by being shortlisted for prestigious awards. We were pleased to be visited by a number of high profile guests over the past few months. From Anne Roosevelt in September, to Patricia Russo and Philippe Sands in November, we are delighted to provide a space for inspirational speakers to share their learning and wisdom. Earlier this year, the Law School also welcomed UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths for an important discussion around peace building in Yemen (read more about the visit on page 10), and hosted a Q&A session with the Legal Advisers to the Foreign Ministries of China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US, organised by the newly created Edinburgh Centre for International and Global Law. We are delighted that Spaces for Voices, the initiative by the Edinburgh Foundation for Women in Law, has been reinvigorated by Director Annie Sorbie. In April we welcomed the Hon Lady Wolffe, Judge of the Court of Session, to deliver a lecture on the first 100 years of women in law. You can learn more about the foundation and its work at In other news, after much hard work, the Law School web project has borne fruit with the completion of our brand new website. The refreshed site will make it easier and more enjoyable for students, staff, and alumni to connect with us and keep abreast of all the latest news and events. Take a look for yourself at But one of the most exciting developments we have to share with you is our long awaited return to our home in Old College. The refurbishment has been extensive but thoughtful. From stunning new student spaces to a refreshed library, we are so pleased to be able to offer world-class facilities to support our world-class teaching and research. You can read more about the project on page 15. We hope you enjoy this issue of the alumni newsletter, and look forward to hearing more of your news in the coming year.

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