Alan Watson Memorial Lecture series: The Civil Law in Three Acts
The Roman delict of iniuria is the focus of the first lecture in a three-part series delivered by Paul du Plessis, professor of Roman law at the University of Edinburgh.
The Civil Law in Three Acts is the subject of this year’s Alan Watson Memorial Lecture series.
Professor du Plessis is a legal historian whose research focuses predominantly on the multifaceted and complex set of relationships between law and society in a historical context.
His main field of research is Roman law – with specific reference to property, obligations and, to a lesser extent, persons and family. Within this field, he is mainly concerned with the contexts within which law operates and the extent to which modern socio-legal methodologies can be applied to historical material from the Roman period in order to further our understanding of Roman law.
To that end, his work is mainly concerned with the formulation of a methodology for ‘law and society’ research with reference to the Roman Empire.
The series is held in memory of the late Alan Watson, who served as professor of civil law at the University of Edinburgh from 1968 to 1980 and thereafter at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Georgia.