In April of 1994 the School of Law at the University of Aberdeen approved the establishment of a Centre for the Study of the Civil Law Tradition. In 2009, after a break of a number of years, the Centre was relaunched with a broader remit. The Centre provides a single institution devoted to the study of the Civil law and the Civil tradition in modern legal systems.

The aims of the Centre are to:

  • Research the Classical Roman law, its second life in Europe, and the means by which it was transmitted into modern legal systems
  • Research the law of modern civil or mixed legal systems
  • Research Scots law where it shows the influence of the Civil law tradition
  • Promote, where appropriate, the functional solutions offered by the Civil law tradition to the problems of Scots law
  • Promote and expand the teaching of Roman and Civil law