Stanford University Press remembers a path-breaking legal scholar.
On August 3rd, esteemed Stanford Law Professor John Henry Merryman died at age 95. Merryman lived a long and accomplished life, celebrated by his peers and students; his contributions to comparative law, art law, and property law are internationally recognized and highly venerated.
We at Stanford Press are very proud to list John Henry Merryman among our authors. Merryman’sThe Civil Law Tradition: An Introduction to the Legal Systems of Western Europe and Latin America (now in its third edition) is recognized as a major treatise in the field. Originally published in 1970, the book is still regularly cited 45 years later. Merryman is also the author of Stanford Legal Essays (1975) and The Italian Legal System: An Introduction (with Mauro Cappelleti and Joseph M. Perillo, 1967). A second revised edition of the latter—described as a “classic and pioneering work,” by Ugo Mattei of UC Hastings—will be published this fall.
The staff of Stanford University Press extends our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Professor Merryman. All of us at Stanford Press have long admired him for his many outstanding contributions to the academic community. He will be truly missed.
Merryman’s excellence in scholarship will live on with his colleagues, his many students over his decades of teaching, and in the past and future readers of his prolific list of books.
—Michelle Lipinski, Law and Anthropology editor