Neil MacCormick

"The assumption that sound scholarship in law can or should be dispensed with by the intending lawyer is too absurd to bear scrutiny."

He was awarded many academic and other honours for his contributions to the field of legal philosophy, including a knighthood for services to scholarship in law, an honorary QC and a Royal Medal from the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2004.

MacCormick was a SNP Scottish Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004 and a member of the convention that drafted the proposed constitutional Treaty for the European Union.