The Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law was delighted to sponsor the launch of a book co-edited by our very own Laura Macgregor on Tuesday 3rd March in Old College. The book is entitled 'The Unauthorised Agent: Perspectives from European and Comparative Law' and was co-edited with Danny Busch, a senior research fellow in the Business and Law Research Centre, University of Nijmegen and Advocat/Attorney-at-Law at the Dutch commercial law firm of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.
Laura and Danny presented the book by providing an overview of the various strands of agency law covered. The fact that the book is truly unique in being a comparative law treatment of the rights and obligations of the unathorised agent was stressed. Professor Kenneth Reid addressed the audience and took the opportunity to highlight the key strengths of the book. He also reflected the general feeling of those in attendance when he strongly welcomed what is a new addition to the burgeoning academic literature of comparative private law, whilst underscoring the delight of now having a book published which examines undoubtedly what was hitherto an under-researched area of Scots commercial law.
Speaking as a member of the Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law, I was particularly struck by the numbers of Senators of the College of Justice who attended. The breadth of practitioners was also noteworthy, as were the student numbers in attendance. The support which Laura, Danny and the Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law received was truly appreciated. As Prof. Ken Reid articulated, this is the third book launch to be sponsored by the Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law involving the publication of books by members of the Centre – and long may this happy tradition continue!