David Edward

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Sir David Edward

Member of the Court of Justice of the European Communities
In office
Preceded byThe Lord Slynn of Hadley
Succeeded bySir Konrad Schiemann
Personal details
David Alexander Ogilvy Edward

(1934-11-14)14 November 1934
Perth, Scotland
Spouse(s)Elizabeth McSherry
ChildrenAnne Edward[1]

Giles Edward [2]

John Edward [3]

Dr Katherine Edward [4]
Alma materUniversity College, Oxford, University of Edinburgh

Sir David Alexander Ogilvy Edward KCMG PC QC FRSE (born 14 November 1934) is a Scottish lawyer and academic, and former Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities. In 1990 he became a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh.[5]

Early life and marriage[edit]

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[edit]

Edward 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,[6] 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.

Edward was a Director of The Harris Tweed Authority from 1984–89.

European Court of Justice[edit]

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.

"A True European",[7] a collection of essays for Sir David Edward, was published on his retirement, including "Tales from the Tartan Chambers".[8]

Retirement and later career[edit]

Edward sat as a temporary judge of the Court of Session in Scotland, hearing civil appeals, until 2009. He was appointed a Knight Commander 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 into the Privy Council.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11] Edward is a Member of the Panel of Arbitrators, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.[12]

Edward 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 Légion d'honneur) and Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.[13]

Edward was a member of the Commission on Scottish Devolution[14] 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.[15]

Edward published an influential analysis of the position in European Union law if there were a vote in favour of Scottish independence in the Scottish independence referendum, 2014[16] as well as an opinion on Scotland's position in the European Union in a 2013/14 memorial to Alan Rodger, Baron Rodger of Earlsferry[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.steppingstones.org.uk/Staff-List/
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 June 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 June 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  4. ^ http://www.dredward.co.uk/
  5. ^ "Professor Sir David Alexander Ogilvy Edward KCMG QC PC FRSE - The Royal Society of Edinburgh". The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  6. ^ Consultative Committee of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Community
  7. ^ Hart Publishing, Oxford – Good books for lawyers
  8. ^ http://www.law.du.edu/documents/judge-david-edward-oral-history/tales-from-the-tartan-chambers.pdf
  9. ^ Privy Council Appointment of Sir David Edward and Francis Jacobs
  10. ^ Scottish Council of Independent Schools
  11. ^ Honorary President Scottish Arbitration Centre Archived 26 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Sir David Edward QC – Blackstone Chambers Archived 4 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ http://www.ambafrance-uk.org/IMG/pdf/Amba_S_2_17112012.pdf
  14. ^ Commission on Scottish Devolution: Commission Members Archived 2 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Commission on a Bill of Rights Archived 26 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ http://www.scottishconstitutionalfutures.org/OpinionandAnalysis/ViewBlogPost/tabid/1767/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/852/David-Edward-Scotland-and-the-European-Union.aspx
  17. ^ http://scotlandseptember18.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Judge_David_Edwards_views_on_EU_Membership.pdf

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