oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - A remarkable story about Lord Rodger of Earlsferry : varia

Volume 19, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-545X
  • E-ISSN: 2411-7870



An obituary on Lord Rodger of Earlsferry (1944-2011), written by Andrew JM Steven of Edinburgh, appeared in 2012 (18-1) 189. Lord Rodger was, to quote Steven, the "Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session (the head of the Scottish judiciary)". He became a House of Lords Judge in London in 2001 and subsequently a Justice of the newly established Supreme Court of the United Kingdom until his death (Steven at 190). Steven describes him as "indisputably the pre-eminent Scottish lawyer of his generation" (at 189). At one point (at 192) Steven writes the following about Lord Rodger: "Like his judgements, many of the statements made in his articles were eminently quotable and he rarely refrained from expressing his viewpoint. I take as an example his 'Developing the law today: National and international influences' (2002 (1) 1) which is a revised version of his keynote address to the annual South African banking-law update conference in 2001".

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