Dr Andrew Sweeney
Before Andrew joined the Law School in September 2023, he completed his traineeship with the Scottish Government Legal Directorate and qualified as a solicitor and notary public in Scotland. His traineeship focused on public law but included a secondment to a large international commercial law firm.
Andrew received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2020. An amended version of his PhD was published as a book, The Landlord’s Hypothec (2021), in the Studies in Scots Law series. This was the first in-depth study of the landlord’s hypothec in Scots law and covers the hypothec’s history, creation, subject-matter, extinction, and enforcement (both before and after a tenant’s insolvency).
Whilst writing his PhD, Andrew spent two years at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg working within the research group of Professor Zimmermann.
Andrew’s current research continues the themes of his book and centres on the law of debt, in particular the relationship between creditor and debtor and their respective rights.