The Stair Society was founded in 1934 to encourage the study and advance the knowledge of the history of Scots Law by the publication of original documents and by the reprinting and editing of works of sufficient rarity or importance.

The Society, a registered charity, has produced over 60 volumes, aiming to publish a volume each year (although this is not guaranteed). Some of these are of antiquarian interest, while others are of wider intellectual and historical significance.

Membership is open to all with an interest in the history of Scots law, in the UK or abroad. Our members include practising lawyers, legal academics, law students, and a wide range of academic and professional institutions, libraries and law firms.

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Alan Rodger Postgraduate Visiting Researcher -
The University of Glasgow School of Law invites applications from PhD students in Roman law/legal history for the post of Postgraduate Visiting Researcher, to be held during the 2016/17 academic year. The selected candidate will spend a term in Glasgow and receive a £2,000 award for support. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2016.
Books for Burma -
The Society recently supported an initiative led by Dame Elish Angiolini, former Lord Advocate of Scotland and Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford, to assist the Law Faculties of Burmese Universities in setting up new law libraries.

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Annual Lecture

The Stair Society's AGM and Annual Lecture for 2015 was held on 14 November 2015 in the Mackenzie Building, Old Assembly Close, Edinburgh, by courtesy of the Faculty of Advocates.

Lord Sumption, a Justice of the UK Supreme Court and a noted medieval historian, spoke on 'Anglo-Scottish Relations, 1290-1513, and the Beginnings of International Law'.

A podcast of the lecture - and our annual lectures from 2013 and 2014 - is available from our Podcast page.