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Melland Schill

Melland Schill lectures

"The Melland Schill lectures given at Manchester University often resulted in wonderful books and some real gems... (It would be) wonderful to see them digitised and made available again to a wider public."

Professor Christian Tams (Glasgow University)

In partnership with the School of Law and Manchester University Press, The University of Manchester Library has recently digitised the renowned series of Melland Schill lectures on International Law.

Otherwise unavailable primary resources are now immediately and freely accessible to students, academics, practising lawyers and legal advisers around the world, aptly fulfilling the international remit of the humanitarian legacy that established the series from its outset.

Researchers in the fields of politics, diplomacy and the history of international relations will also now be able to draw on these hitherto untapped reserves.

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"Very impressive. Important topics for the most part and good scholars."

Sir Kenneth Keith (International Court of Justice)

Commencing in 1961 this prestigious series of public lectures on international law were delivered by a range of leading scholars and published by Manchester University Press, but have long been out of print and become scarce.

In partnership with the School of Law and MUP, The University of Manchester Library has now digitised the series to make them fully available to a truly international range of legal researchers for the first time.


At the official launch of the digitised lectures in February, the distinguished international lawyer and former legal adviser to the Treasury, Sir Michael Wood, outlined their continuing scholarly value to an invited audience.

His address incorporated a perceptive commentary on the relevance of a number of the newly available titles and offered a fascinating personal insight into how legal writing is viewed by a leading practitioner and is available to watch online.

Sir Michael's speaker notes are also available to view as a PDF:

 Sir Michael Wood's Speaker notes