Professor John Usher 1945-2008

Professor John Usher, Salvesen Professor of European Institutions in the Edinburgh Law School 1995-2004, died in Exeter of leukemia on 13 September 2008.  He was 63 and on the brink of retirement from the Exeter Law School, where he had worked since 2004.

width=227Excellent obituary notices are published in The Scotsman, the Edinburgh Evening News, and the College of Europe website

Scots Law News can only add from personal experience during John’s initial period as a lecturer in Edinburgh between 1978 and 1984 that he was always more than ready to help younger colleagues in the development of their careers, especially in giving them publishing opportunities through his editorship of the Competition section of the Journal of Business Law.   Hence, thanks to his persuasive charm and interest, a lunchtime conversation led to a junior colleague quite unexpectedly writing something for John 
about the Monopolies Commission's protection of the Scottish banks from foreign takeovers.  Perhaps not the deepest thing ever written on the subject, it was nevertheless a breakthrough moment for the writer. 

Our deepest sympathy goes to John’s widow Jean.