Thomas Erskine Holland

Sir Thomas Erskine Holland KC, FBA (17 July 1835  24 May 1926) was a British jurist.[1]

Thomas Erskine Holland
Thomas Erskine Holland in 1860
Born(1835-07-17)July 17, 1835
DiedMay 24, 1926(1926-05-24) (aged 90)


After school at Brighton College and studies at Oxford, he practiced law as a barrister 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 All Souls College.

His prolific scholarly work, including an often-cited treatise in legal philosophy (Elements of Jurisprudence, 1880), his co-founding and editorship of Law Quarterly Review and his service as a university judge earned him the titles of a King's Counsel and a Fellow of the British Academy, as well as a knighthood in 1917.

There is a memorial tablet to him in the chapel of Brighton College.


  1. Holdsworth, W.S. (January 1928). "Sir Thomas Erskine Holland (1835-1926)". University of Pennsylvania Law Review and American Law Register. 76 (3): 231–243. JSTOR 3307456.


  • Luig, Klaus (2001). "Erskine of Holland, Thomas". In Michael Stolleis (ed.). Juristen: ein biographisches Lexikon; von der Antike bis zum 20. Jahrhundert (in German) (2nd ed.). München: Beck. p. 198. ISBN 3-406-45957-9.

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