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 (age 88)
Perth, Scotland
Nationality United Kingdom
SpouseElizabeth McSherry
RelationsJohn Ogilvy Charles Edward (father)
ChildrenAnne Edward

Giles Edward [1]

John Edward [2]

Dr Katherine Edward [3]
Alma materUniversity College, Oxford, University of Edinburgh
AwardsOrder of St Michael and St George UK ribbon.png KCMG
ESP St Raymond of Penyafort Order - Common.svg Cruz Distinguida 1ª Cl, San Raimundo de Peñafort
Legion Honneur Officier ribbon.svg Officier de la Légion d'honneur
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Chevalier ribbon.svg Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres
KCMG star

Sir David Alexander Ogilvy Edward KCMG PC KC FRSE (born 14 November 1934) is a Scottish lawyer and academic, and former Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities. Sir David is an Honorary Fellow of University College, Oxford; Honorary Professor of the University of Edinburgh and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.[4] He is also an Honorary Sheriff of the Sheriffdom of Tayside, Central and Fife at Perth, Scotland.

Early life and marriage[edit]

Born in 1934 at Perth, Edward was educated at Perth Academy, Clifton Hall School and Sedbergh School. He then went up to read Classics at University College, Oxford, taking a break midway to become commissioned in the Royal Navy for National Service (HMS Hornet, 1956–57), and Law at the University of Edinburgh. He 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,[5] 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 served as a Director of The Harris Tweed Authority from 1984–89.

European Court of Justice[edit]

In 1989, Edward 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",[6] a collection of essays for Sir David Edward, was published on his retirement, including "Tales from the Tartan Chambers".[7]

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 promoted Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 2004, having been appointed Companion of that Order in 1981, and in December 2005 was sworn of the Privy Council.[8] He is the Chairman of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and was Chairman of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools from 2005 to 2010.[9]

He is an Honorary Fellow[10] of University College, Oxford and an Honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn.[11] He is Professor Emeritus of the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh, and Chairman of its Europa Institute. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, in 2005 he received the Society's Royal Gold Medal. In 2011, he was appointed as the Honorary President of the Scottish Arbitration Centre.[12] Edward is a Member of the Panel of Arbitrators, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes and member of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution Distinguished Panel of Third-Party Neutrals.[13]

Edward was awarded the Distinguished Cross First Class of the Order of St. Raymond of Peñafort by the newly-restored Kingdom of Spain in 1979, and in 2012 the Republic of France appointed him Officer of the Legion of Honour (Officier de la Légion d'honneur) and Knight (Chevalier) of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.[14]

Edward was a member of the Commission on Scottish Devolution[15] 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.[16]

Edward published an influential analysis of the position in European Union law if there were a vote in favour of Scottish independence in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum[17] as well as an opinion on Scotland's position in the European Union in a 2013/14 memorial to fellow jurist, Lord Rodger of Earlsferry,[18] and a 2014 lecture on the "Constitutional Implications of the Independence Referendum"[19] to the Centre for Global Constitutionalism at the University of St Andrews..

On 8 March 2013, Sir David delivered the Europa Institute/UACES Lecture, at the University of Edinburgh, on "The Moral Case for Europe".[20] Since 2016 he has spoken and written about the negative impact of UK withdrawal from the EU on legal standards, human and employment rights, and Scots law.[21][22][23][24][25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Giles Edward | LinkedIn". Archived from the original on 29 June 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  2. ^ "John Edward - United Kingdom | LinkedIn". Archived from the original on 28 June 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Welcome | Dr. Katherine EdwardDClinPsych, Ph.D., MA, AFBPsS". Dredward.co.uk. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Professor Sir David Alexander Ogilvy Edward KCMG QC PC FRSE - The Royal Society of Edinburgh". The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  5. ^ www.ccbe.eu
  6. ^ "Hart Publishing, Oxford - Good books for lawyers". Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  7. ^ Diane Hansen-Ingram. "Tales From the Tartan Chambers" (PDF). Law.du.edu. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  8. ^ "Number10.gov.uk » Privy Council Appointment of Sir David Edward and Francis Jacobs". 9 September 2008. Archived from the original on 9 September 2008. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Home » SCIS". Scis.org.uk. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  10. ^ "College Fellowship". Univ.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Honorary Benchers". ~ Gray's Inn. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  12. ^ "Honorary President | Scottish Arbitration Centre". Archived from the original on 26 September 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  13. ^ "Sir David Edward KCMG PC QC". Blackstone Chambers. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  14. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ Commission on Scottish Devolution: Commission Members Archived 2 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Commission on a Bill of Rights". Archived from the original on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  17. ^ "David Edward: Scotland and the European Union > Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum". Scottishconstitutionalfutures.org. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  18. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ "Sir David Edward – Centre for Global Constitutionalism". Cgc.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  20. ^ Edward, David (8 March 2013). "The Moral Case for Europe". SSRN 2273308. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  21. ^ "'Invincible ignorance' of Theresa May's Brexit-backing ministers condemned by former judge". The Independent. 22 April 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  22. ^ "Ian S Forrester and Sir David Edwards: Brexit will throw Scots law into shadow". The Scotsman. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  23. ^ "'Talk in the UK is misleading': ex-ECJ judge". Dw.com. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  24. ^ Evans-Pritchard, Ambrose (11 July 2017). "Euro-judge warns of unpleasant Brexit surprise from European Court". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  25. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Best of Today, What does Brexit mean for the European Court of Justice?". BBC. Retrieved 1 November 2021.

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Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Cameron
as Privy Counsellor
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Succeeded by
Sir George Howarth
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