|The Right Honourable Professor
Sir David Edward
KCMG QC FRSE
|Member of the Court of Justice of the European Communities|
|Preceded by||Lord Slynn of Hadley|
|Succeeded by||Sir Konrad Schiemann|
|Alma mater||University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh|
Early life and marriage
Edward was born in 1934 in Perth and educated at Clifton Hall School and Sedbergh School. He studied Classics at University College, Oxford, taking a break midway for National Service in the Navy (HMS Hornet, 1956–57), and Law at the University of Edinburgh.
David Edward married Elizabeth McSherry in 1962, they have 2 daughters and 2 sons.
Early career - advocate and academic
Sir David was called to the Bar in 1962 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 1974. He subsequently served as Clerk and then Treasurer of the Faculty, and represented the Faculty at the Consultative Committee of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Community, of which he served as President between 1978-80.
He was Salvesen Professor of European Institutions and Director of the Europa Institute at the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh from 1985 to 1989, during which time he served on three occasions as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities.
Sir David was a Director of The Harris Tweed Authority from 1984-89.
European Court of Justice
In 1989, he was appointed one of the inaugural Judges of the newly created European Court of First Instance, and in 1992 was appointed Judge of the European Court of Justice, a position from which he retired in 2004.
Retirement and later career
Sir David sat as a temporary judge of the Court of Session in Scotland, hearing civil appeals, until 2009. He was appointed a Knight of the Order of St Michael and St George in 2004, having been made a Companion of that Order in 1981, and in December 2005 was sworn of the Privy Council. He is the Chairman of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and was Chair of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools from 2005 to 2010.
He is an Honorary Fellow of University College, Oxford and an Honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn. He is Professor Emeritus of the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh, and Chairman of its Europa Institute. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and in 2005 received the Society's Royal Gold Medal. In 2011, He was appointed as the Honorary President of the Scottish Arbitration Centre. Sir David is a Member of the Panel of Arbitrators, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.
Sir David was awarded the Distinguished Cross, first class, Order of St. Raymond of Peñafort (Spain) in 1979, [Orden de San Raimundo de Peñafort, Cruz Distinguida (Primera Clase)], and in 2012 the Republic of France appointed him as an Officer of the Legion of Honour (Officier de la Legion d’Honneur) and Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Sir David was a member of the Commission on Scottish Devolution chaired by Professor Sir Kenneth Calman, Chancellor of the University of Glasgow. He was a member of the UK Commission on a Bill of Rights, 2011-12.
- Consultative Committee of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Community
- Hart Publishing, Oxford - Good books for lawyers
- Privy Council Appointment of Sir David Edward and Francis Jacobs
- Scottish Council of Independent Schools
- Honorary President Scottish Arbitration Centre
- Sir David Edward QC - Blackstone Chambers
- Commission on Scottish Devolution: Commission Members
- Commission on a Bill of Rights