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Prof Sir Neil MacCormick 1941 - 2009

Tributes have been paid to Professor Sir Neil MacCormick at a memorial service in Greyfriars Kirk.

Professor Sir Neil MacCormick

Prof MacCormick, who died aged 67, served as Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations at the University of Edinburgh for 36 years.

He was also an SNP member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004.

He retired from the University in January 2009 but continued a lifetime of public service as special adviser to the First Minister on European and External Affairs.

Professor Douglas Brodie, Head of the University of Edinburgh's School of Law, said:

"Neil was a valued friend, mentor, teacher and colleague to many people in the world of law and politics.

"His death will bring great sadness to many in the world of education, law and politics and to his many students, colleagues, admirers and friends.

Deeply influential

Professor Brodie said Professor MacCormick “possessed a staggering intellect, great wit and a wonderful, dry sense of humour, but most of all a warmth and spirit that touched all who knew him.”

He said: "Perhaps no other contemporary scholar has influenced so many areas of legal thinking so deeply over such a long period.

“That influence flowed through his writings, and also through his brilliant teaching and public lecturing, his unsparingly generous advice to the countless scholars and students who sought him out, and his selfless dedication to the promotion of legal theory."

Perhaps no other contemporary scholar has influenced so many areas of legal thinking so deeply over such a long period.

Professor Douglas BrodieHead of the University of Edinburgh's School of Law

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