- Udal law
Udal law is a near-defunct Norse derived
legal system, which is found in Shetlandand Orkney, Scotlandand in Manx law[ Collegium Medievale 8.1 (1995, publ. 1996), 5-49 [http://ariadne.uio.no/colmed/z-psan95.htm] ] at the Isle of Man. It is closely related to Odelsrett.
Udal law was codified by the kings
Magnus I of Norway"the good" and Magnus VI of Norway"lawmender". The Treaty of Perthtransferred the Outer Hebridesand Isle of Man to Scots lawwhile Norse law and rule still applied for Shetland and Orkney. Scottish Courtshave intermittently acknowledged the supremacy of Udal law in property cases up to the present day. Major differences from Scots lawinclude shore ownershiprights, important for pipelines and cables.
Udal law generally holds sway in Shetland and Orkney, along with
Ancient Norwegian property laws
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20060210015314/http://www.charles-tait.co.uk/guide/udal_law.html Historical look at Udal Law - Charles-tait.co.uk] Retrieved from
Internet Archiveon 10 February 2006.
* [http://www.udallaw.com/ Udal Law campaign group]
* [http://www.orcadian.co.uk/archive/udallaw.htm Article including several case references]
* [http://www.dundee.ac.uk/geography/s008.pdf Article on Udal Law and coastline ownership]
* [http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/s2.cfm?id=220792003 Scotsman article]
* [http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=296172005 Article highlighting Udal/Feudal Difference]
* Drever, W.P. "Udal Law in the Orkneys and Zetland"
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