Papers of Professor Sir Thomas Broun Smith
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- Defective consent
- Illegality of obligations / Illegality and morailty / Illegal contracts
- Contract code / Contract code - Minors
- Unjustified enrichment / Negotiorum Gestio in Roman Law
- Council of Europe, Penalty clauses
- Anglo-Scottish Relations - Devolution
- EEC - Reservation of title - Security over movables
- St. Ninian's Isle Treasure case
- Certification of obligations / Contract code
- Contract - Obligations - Proof
- Penalty clauses
- Codification of obligation
- Roman-Dutch Law
- Age of majority
- Lectures on the Civil Law by T. W. Price 
- Lectures delivered in the Department of Civil Law, University of Edinburgh by Professor F. F. Stone, 1963
- The Civil Law Lectures. I-III, and The Civil Law Lectures. IV-XX by L. Oppenheim, being Reception of the Civil Law in the American Continents, and Family Law as based on Roman Law [...], 1960, 2 x copies
- Photograph - group - Harvard Law School Faculty, Cambridge, Mass. 9 Oct. 1962 / Honours from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Louisiana State Law Institute, and Certificate of Admission and Enrolment in the High Court of Lesotho and other related papers
- Smith, Thomas Broun, Professor, 1915-1988 (professor of civil (Roman Law), Edinburgh University ) (Person)
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Prior to his call to the Bar, he had signed up with the Territorial Army in 1937, and so his period as a pupil in chambers was cut short by the start of war in 1939 and active service. During the Second World War he served with the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and with the Home Forces, and he was in the Middle East and the Central Mediterranean. He took part in the retreat to Dunkirk. By 1945 he was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Gordon Highlanders and had been mentioned in despatches. Between 1946 and 1947 he had been attached to the Foreign Office. During the war, in 1940, he had married Ann Dorothea Tindall of Exmouth in Devon.
Smith had been admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland in 1947, taking silk in 1953. In 1949 he was appointed to the Chair of Scots Law at Aberdeen University where he was twice Dean of the Faculty of Law. He was awarded a DCL (Oxford) in 1956. Then, in 1958 Professor Thomas Broun Smith Q.C., D.C.L. was appointed to the Chair of Civil (Roman Law) at Edinburgh University in succession to Professor M. G. Fisher who retired in September 1958. Also in 1958 he became the first Scots lawyer to be elected a Fellow of the British Academy. Between 1954 and 1970 he was a member of the Scottish Law Reform Committee.
Professor Smith was awarded a LL.D (Edinburgh) in 1963, and he was also awarded an Honorary LL.D (Cape Town), and honorary degrees from Glasgow and Aberdeen. He was made a Knight Bachelor in 1981 in recognition of his services to the Law of Scotland. His publications included: Doctrines of judicial precedent in Scots Law (1952), The development of the laws and constitution of Scotland (1955), British Justice: The Scottish contribution (1961), A short commentary on the law of Scotland (1962), Property problesm in sale (1978), and Basic rights and their enforcement (1979).
Sir Thomas Broun Smith, QC, FBA, FRSE died on 15 October 1988.
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- Papers of Professor Sir Thomas Broun Smith (1915-1988)
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