Professor of Law
Specialty Areas & Course Descriptions
LL.B. First Class Honors 1966 University of Edinburgh, Scotland (Lord President Cooper Prize for the top law graduate of class)
LL.M. 1967 University of Pennsylvania
Professor Grant began his teaching career at the law school at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1967, subsequently moving to the University of Dundee and then the University of Glasgow. At Glasgow he served as Dean of Law for a total of 8 years. While there, he founded and directed the Lockerbie Trial Briefing Unit, analyzing and commenting on the legal aspects of the trial of the two Libyans accused of the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in December 1988. He attended substantial parts of the trial and appeal in the case, created a Web site, published a Lockerbie Trial Handbook (which ran to two editions) and has been a regular print and broadcast commentator on the trial. In 2004, he published The Lockerbie Trial: A Documentary History (Oceana), in 2012, an analysis of the Lockerbie trial was published in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law and he is currently working on a major analysis of the international law dimension to the trial.
Grant has acted as a consultant in legal education and in international law. He was a juvenile judge in Scotland for 10 years. He was editor of Scotland’s most prestigious law journal, Juridical Review, from 1988 to 1999. He was a frequent visitor to the law school from 1984, an annual visitor from 1999 to 2003 and a Professor of Law from the fall semester of 2004.
Among Grant’s recent publications is the third edition (with Professor J.C. Barker of Sussex Law School in England) of their Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law, published by Oxford University Press in 2009. In 2010, Grant’s International Law Essentials, a Nutshell-style student text, was published by Dundee University Press. Also in 2010, again published by Dundee University Press, Grant and Professor Elaine E. Sutherland edited a volume of expert chapters setting out the full, rounded story of leading Scots law cases, to which Grant contributed a chapter on the Lockerbie trial. A second volume, focusing on cases decided before 1900 is planned for 2013, with Grant writing on the trial of Deacon William Brodie.
Grant is currently working on a book on the Final Settlement of the Oregon Question, involving a legal analysis of the joint occupation of the San Juan Islands from 1859 to 1872, the indemnity award to the Hudson’s Bay Company for its assets in what is now Washington state and the arbitral award determining the maritime boundary between Canada and the United States in the area around the San Juan Islands.