Sir David Edward

University of Edinburgh
Former Judge / Professor emeritus

David Alexander Ogilvy Edward was born in 1934 in Perth, Scotland. He grew up in Perth and attended school in Edinburgh and Sedburgh in Yorkshire, England. After completing school, he attended Oxford University where he graduated in Classical Literature. While at Oxford, he took a break to serve as an officer in the Royal Navy. Following graduation from Oxford, Sir David returned to Edinburgh. He graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in law in 1962. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates (the Scottish Bar) in 1962 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1974, one year after the United Kingdom’s accession to the European Communities. He served as Clerk and Treasurer of the Faculty of Advocates from 1967 to 1977. He represented the Faculty of Advocates as delegate to the Consultative Committee (now Council) of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Community (CCBE) and was President of the CCBE from 1978 to 1980. From 1985-1989 Sir David was the Salvesen Professor of European Institutions and Director of the Europa Institute at the University of Edinburgh. He was appointed a Judge of the newly-created European Court of First Instance in 1989 and as a Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities in 1992. Sir David retired from the Court of Justice on 7 January 2004. Sir David now sits part-time as a Temporary (Associate) Judge in the Inner House of the Court of Session (Scotland’s court of appeal for civil, commercial and administrative cases). Sir David is an honorary Professor of the University of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, an honorary Fellow of University College, Oxford, and an honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn. He has been awarded honorary degrees by seven universities in Scotland, England and Germany. He is Chairman of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland; President of the Franco-Scottish Society; Vice-President of the British Institute for International and Comparative Law; Vice-President of the U.K. Association for European Law; Vice- President of the International Association of Business and Parliament and a Trustee of the Industry and Parliament Trust. He is a Trustee of the European Academy of European Law in Trier, Germany, and serves on committees of universities in England, Germany, and Scotland. Sir David speaks English, French, and Italian, has a good working knowledge of German and a working knowledge of Spanish. On 14 February 2006, Sir David was sworn in as a member of the Queen’s Privy Council. Sir David and his wife Elizabeth have four children and eight grandchildren.

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