Stair Society Lectures
The first occasion of an address being given at an AGM was in 1946. Professor A H Campbell, Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations in the University of Edinburgh, spoke on Jurisprudence and its Relevance to the Law of Scotland in a Historical Context.
Our Annual Lecture was inaugurated in 1965, when Jack Halliday, Professor of Conveyancing in the University of Glasgow, delivered an address entitled A Lawyer Looks at Stair.
A lecture has been delivered every year since then, as the focal point of our annual meeting. Lecturers have included, and continue to include, lawyers and legal historians of distinction from Europe and the United States as well as from Scotland and England, and many of their lecture texts have been published.
Professor Sir T B Smith
David Williamson, Keeper of the Registers of Scotland
The Hon Lord Mackenzie Stuart, Judge of the European Court of Justice
Professor A W B Simpson, University of Kent
Professor Peter Stein, Regius Professor of Civil Law and Fellow of Queen's College, Cambridge
Professor Joe McKnight, Professor of Law at the Southern Methodist University and Director of the Family Law Review Project for Texas
Dame Margaret Kidd QC
Professor E L G Stones, University of Glasgow
Sir James Ferguson of Kilkerran, Bart, read by Dr John Imrie, Chairman of Council, following Sir James's death a week prior to the meeting
The Stair Society’s Annual General Meeting will be held in theMackenzie Building, Old Assembly Close, Edinburgh on Saturday 18 November 2023 by courtesy of the Faculty of Advocates. For members, the business part of the meeting will take placefrom 10:30 to 11:00am, after which tea and coffee will be servedprior