Posts by Ernest Metzger

The shooting in Santa Fe, Texas

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The shooting on 18 May at a school in Santa Fe, Texas, was as awful as its predecessors and, in one respect, worse: the murderer used particular firearms that the law can barely touch. So the shooting is unlikely to provoke action among legislators, and may in fact retard it. State and federal laws restrict… Continue reading

David Sellar, historian of Scotland and Scots law, receives an honorary LLD

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On 23 June 2016, the University of Glasgow conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws on David Sellar of the University of Edinburgh. He was presented by Professor Mark Godfrey of the University of Glasgow. Professor Godfrey’s oration is reproduced below. * * * Chancellor, by the authority of Senate I present to you… Continue reading

Workshop on history and law at the European University Institute

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Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow (2011) is well known. It’s a book about decision-making from the perspective of cognitive psychology. It summarises the research of both Kahneman and the late Amos Tversky. It aims to enrich the “proverbial office water-cooler” discussions where “opinions are shared and gossip exchanged.” Kahneman hopes that it will allow… Continue reading

Vladimir Nabokov commits stillicide

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My colleagues here enjoy a good book and I’ve read several they’ve recommended. My tastes aren’t special, but since my field is Roman law, any literary reference to Justinian or the Tarpeian Rock or whatever always gets my attention. When I read I always keep a pencil close by to mark anything relevant. I’m not… Continue reading

Roman law congress in Naples

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Historians of ancient law come together every year in September for the annual meeting of the Société Internationale pour l’Histoire des Droits de l’Antiquité. The SIHDA is one of the world’s most wonderfully conceived academic institutions: gravity, friendship and joy in perfect combination. And strong representation from every continent (except, you know …). SIHDA 2014… Continue reading