University of Aberdeen School of Law Blog

The School of Law at the University of Aberdeen has launched a blog.

The inaugural post is about some minutes unearthed at the University’s Old Aberdeen campus, dating from 1919 to 1944. I have set up a static Page [EDIT: see below] about this on my WordPress site, because I think it is of enough continuing interest to not be lost in the churn of ongoing blog posts. That being said, this blog post will serve to highlight the AberdeenUniLaw blog to anyone who follows my blog on WordPress.

What does this rival blog mean for basedrones fans, if I have any? To stumble into another World War II reference, this time via Dad’s Army, ‘Don’t panic!‘ Basedrones will continue to be a forum for my own research interests, not to mention those things that are not really for inclusion on a Law School blog: occasional Scottish politics and hopefully non-occasional cancer writing being two such examples. I hope you can find something of interest on one or both of the sites.

UPDATE 12 January 2020

As noted in a post in late 2019, I have migrated from Aberdeen to the University of Strathclyde. As such, I have removed my static page directing to the Aberdeen School of Law blog, but harvested the content from that page about the contents of the minutes and repositioned it here.

Some of the entries in the School of Law minutes are fairly inane: the first entry from 5 December 1919 tells of a Professor who should be relieved of his Roman Law teaching duties and teach a new course in Mercantile Law instead. Some show the minute taker might have been a bit bored: 26 June 1944 features some doodling in the marginal notes. Some show that traditions of the University are longstanding: there are a number of references to the Cruickshank Prize in the minutes from the 1920s and this prize is still awarded. Whereas some of the entries are truly remarkable, as highlighted in the School of Law blog.

Three entries are made about correspondence received from the University of Amsterdam asking for support in a resolution about (amongst other things) Nazi Germany’s ‘failure to uphold the principles of justice and the rights of man‘. I invite you to read some more background and the transcripts of the relevant entries on the blog.

There might be other tidbits of interest in there. For example, the entry from 25 May 1943 highlights that two prisoners of war in Oflag VII-B (in Bavaria) should be allowed to sit their exams under the supervision of the British Red Cross. The website linked to backs-up the minutes, detailing that Douglas Reith and Richard (Dick) Ellis were indeed held there. Separately, although not detailed in the minutes, my colleague Dr Andrew Simpson has pointed out that the University of Aberdeen awarded Winston Churchill an honorary degree. Professor Taylor (who is named in the minutes, and the building in which I work is named after him) delivered the speech in his honour at that time. All of this provides a wonderful insight into what was going on at the University of Aberdeen and further afield in the lead-up to World War II, World War II itself and beyond. Whilst I make no claim to be a World War II historian, I do hope this information might prove to be of wider interest and perhaps even prompt further study.



About basedrones

Bachelor of Laws. Scots lawyer working at the University of Aberdeen. English law qualified. Took far too long to write this bio. Blogs on legal issues, with occasional veering into other purportedly intellectual stuff from time to time. Tweets about legal issues, education, law clinics, fitba, music, rogue cell division and not at all about politics at @MalcolmCombe.
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