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Professor Hector MacQueen

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Professor of Private Law

Director of Edinburgh Centre for Private Law, Acting Head of Subject Area: Intellectual Property, Information Technology & Media Law, Visitors’ Committee Convenor


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Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4596


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Hector MacQueen has been a member of the Edinburgh Law School staff since 1979, having also taken his LL.B and Ph.D at Edinburgh. Appointed to the Chair of Private Law in 1994, he was Dean of the Law School 1999-2003, and Dean of Research and Deputy Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science in the University 2004-2008. He was on leave of absence January 2010-September 2017, having taken up full-time an initially part-time appointment as a Scottish Law Commissioner on 29 September 2009. Between October 2017 and March 2018 he split his time between completing his Commission projects and teaching in the Law School. He is now back full-time at the latter.

Professor MacQueen been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh since 1995 and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2006. He currently chairs the Law section of the Academy, and is also a cross-member in Medieval Studies. Professor MacQueen was President of the Society of Legal Scholars 2012-2013 and Vice-President (Humanities) of the RSE 2008-2011.

He has held visiting appointments at Cornell University in the USA, the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, Stetson University College of Law (‘Florida’s first law school’), and the University of Lucerne (Switzerland).

Professor MacQueen wrote the 1989 centenary history of Heriots Cricket Club, a work enthusiastically reviewed by no less than Alexander McCall Smith in chapter 6 of his novel, Love Over Scotland (2006).

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