Scottish law professor Martin Hogg was appointed head of the NUI Galway School of Law from November.

Professor Hogg is joining the university from the University of Edinburgh, where he has been head of the school and dean of law since 2017.

Professor Geraint Howells, Executive Dean of the College of Business, Public Policy and Law at NUI Galway, said: “We are delighted that Martin is joining us. He is an eminent specialist in contract law and an experienced leader.

“Our law school has an exceptional reputation for its teaching and scholarship. Martin is an ideal person to help us build on our strengths and develop new initiatives to meet the needs of our community.

Professor Hogg said: “I am honored and very happy to join NUI Galway Law School as the school principal and established professor in November.

“The Faculty of Law is an inspiring center of learning and research, whose students and staff are widely known for their commitment to justice and the rule of law. I look forward to meeting as many of them as possible over the next few months, as well as alumni and practitioner communities.

“The entire NUI Galway community has already given me the warmest welcome in Galway, for which I am very grateful.”

Professor Hogg’s research interests span all aspects of the law of obligations, including the comparative theory of obligations, contract and promise, and the fundamental structural language of the law of obligations. He has published numerous works in this field, in particular Promises and contract law and obligations: law and language with Cambridge University Press. He is the Scottish journalist of the European tort law directory.

He spent two years as a lawyer at Dundas & Wilson CS in Edinburgh, before being appointed Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh Law School in 1995. He was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2004 and in 2013 he was appointed to a chair in law of obligations. Professor Hogg is a non-practicing member of the Faculty of Lawyers (the Scottish Bar).

He brings with him a wealth of experience, having previously held the positions of Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Education, Deputy Director of Research and Chairman of the Study Council. He took up his post as Deputy Director of Edinburgh Law School in 2014, and became Director of the School and Dean of Law in 2017.

Professor Shane Darcy, Acting Director of the NUIG School of Law, said: “On behalf of my colleagues at the School of Law, I extend a warm welcome to Professor Hogg. We are very happy that he is joining us as Head of Law School and look forward to working with him in this role at NUI Galway.