31 October 2014

NOTICE: New Archive dedicated to the Life and Works of Professor Sir Neil MacCormick


Exciting News from Queen Mary University of London:

QMUL publishes archive dedicated to life and works of Professor Sir Neil MacCormick

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have published a digital archive dedicated to the life and works of Professor Sir Neil MacCormick (1941-2009), one of the twentieth century’s most important jurists.

The archive is funded by a Leverhulme research fellowship, and includes very rare audio recordings and video footage of MacCormick’s lectures and interviews. The project is authored and led by Dr Maksymilian Del Mar, Senior Lecturer in Law and Philosophy at Queen Mary University of London.


According to Dr Del Mar, the archive serves as “a valuable educational resource and a historical account of an extraordinary life in public service.”

“MacCormick was an intellectual giant. His contribution to law, politics, and constitutional affairs had a profound and lasting effect on public life in Scotland, the UK and the EU,” said Dr Del Mar.

In addition to MacCormick’s role as a jurist, he had a significant impact on Scottish politics and identity. Described as “the Scottish National Party’s greatest intellectual”, MacCormick was the principal author of the SNP’s Draft Constitution for an Independent Scotland; adopted in 1977, amended in 1991 and officially released in 2002.

He also made a considerable contribution to European politics, having served as a Member of the European Parliament (1999-2004), including as an Alternate Member of the Convention on the Future of Europe (2002-03).

In legal affairs, MacCormick made vital contributions to a wide variety of key topics, including legal reasoning, the relationship between law and power, liberalism and nationalism, and constitutional theory in the United Kingdom and Europe. He did so from the vantage point of the Regius Chair in Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations at the University of Edinburgh – a post he held for over 36 years.

The archive is presented in chronological order by decade; supported by previously lost or unpublished video and audio material.

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