Thomas Erskine Holland



Sir Thomas Erskine Holland KC, FBA (17 July 183524 May 1926) was a British jurist. After school at Brighton College and studies at
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, he practiced law as a
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from 1863 onwards. In 1874, he returned to Oxford, succeeding William Blackstone as Vinerian Reader. Later, he became professor of international law and fellow of
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. His prolific scholarly work, including an often-cited treatise in legal philosophy (''Elements of Jurisprudence'', 1880), his co-founding and editorship of ''
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'' and his service as a university judge earned him the titles of a
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and a Fellow of the British Academy, as well as a knighthood in 1917. His son Sir Robert Erskine Holland was an administrator in British India. There is a memorial tablet to him in the chapel of Brighton College.




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* * * * * 1835 births 1926 deaths English King's Counsel Fellows of the British Academy Knights Bachelor 19th-century King's Counsel Fellows of All Souls College, Oxford Chichele Professors of Public International Law English legal scholars Burials at Wolvercote Cemetery {{UK-law-bio-stub