Leslie Dodd

leslie dodd

Dr Leslie Dodd MA (Hons.), LLB, PhD

Lecturer in Law

Biography

Leslie is lecturer in law and Deputy Programme Leader for the LLB. Before joining Edinburgh Napier University, he taught property law, business law, delict, and trusts & succession at the University of Glasgow. For the academic year 2020/21, he is Module Leader for the Law of Succession & Trusts (LAW09123) and Corporate & Business Law (LAW08102). In previous years, he has also acted as Module Leader for Constitutional & Administrative Law (LAW07111) and Obligations 2 (LAW08119) and has contributed to the teaching of Obligations 1 (LAW07110).

Leslie received his LLB from the University of Edinburgh and also holds a First Class MA (Hons.) in Greek, Latin and Ancient History and a PhD in Classics, both awarded by the University of Glasgow.

Leslie's main areas of research are in legal and intellectual history. His current research is focused on the 16th century Scottish legal writer Thomas Craig and the relationship between feudal-legal thought in early modern Scotland and Continental legal humanism, with a particular focus on the influence of the French humanist lawyers Bodin and Hotman.

Subsidiary research interests include the early modern and mediaeval reception of Roman law; late antique Germanic law codes (esp. the Burgundian Code); the law of damages; trusts; property law; the concept of ownership in European thought, from antiquity to present; and the relationship between Latin antiquity and early modern Scottish law and legal thought.

Currently, Leslie is engaged in a project to produce of a Latin edition with facing English translation of Thomas Craig's Jus feudale tribus libris comprehensum, the first comprehensive legal treatise ever produced in Scotland. The first volume (of a projected three) was published in 2017 by the Stair Society, Scotland's premier publisher of legal-historical source texts. Work is ongoing on the second volume.

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No Oral Modification Clauses: Solid as a Rock

Journal Article
Dodd, L. (2019)
No Oral Modification Clauses: Solid as a Rock. Juridical Review, 2019(4), 342-349
This is an analysis of the 2018 UK Supreme Court case Rock Advertising Ltd v MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd, which concerned the legal validity of No Oral Modification cla...

Thomas Craig on the origin and development of feudal law

Journal Article
Dodd, L. (2019)
Thomas Craig on the origin and development of feudal law. Legal History Review / Revue d'Histoire du Droit / Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis, 87(1-2), 86-127. https://doi.org/10.1163/15718190-08712P04
When Thomas Craig (c.1538-1608) wrote his great treatise on Scottish feudal practice, the Jus feudale, he devoted a considerable part of the first book to legal origins. This ...

Morris-Garner v One Step (Support) Ltd: Limiting the Scope of Gain-Based Damages

Journal Article
Dodd, L. (2019)
Morris-Garner v One Step (Support) Ltd: Limiting the Scope of Gain-Based Damages. Edinburgh Law Review, 23(2), 242-247. https://doi.org/10.3366/elr.2019.0552
This is an analysis of the UK Supreme Court case Morris-Garner v One Step (Support) Limited, concerning the nature and scope of gain-based damages.

Jus feudale tribus libris comprehensum Book 1

Book
Craig, T. (2017)
L. Dodd (Ed.), Jus feudale tribus libris comprehensum Book 1. The Stair Society
Thomas Craig's Jus feudale was the first comprehensive legal treatise be written in Scotland. As its title indicates, its subject is the feudal law. It is a book concerned chi...

Kinship, conflict and unity among Roman elites in post-Roman Gaul: The contrasting experiences of Caesarius and Avitus

Book Chapter
Dodd, L. (2016)
Kinship, conflict and unity among Roman elites in post-Roman Gaul: The contrasting experiences of Caesarius and Avitus. In Official power and local elites in the Roman provinces, 168-187. Taylor & Francis
The 5th century saw the end of Roman imperial power in the West. Academic debate continues about whether the Empire collapsed or transformed and survived in the form of the ba...

The legal writings of Thomas Craig

Presentation / Conference
Dodd, L. (2016, June)
The legal writings of Thomas Craig. Presented at Legal Literature in Sixteenth-Century Scotland
This paper deals with the author's ongoing work on the legal writings of Thomas Craig and explores some of the issues that have arisen, particularly with respect to Craig's cu...

Thomas Craig’s Aetiology of Law and Society: Literary Dependence and Independence in theJus Feudale

Journal Article
Dodd, L. (2016)
Thomas Craig’s Aetiology of Law and Society: Literary Dependence and Independence in theJus Feudale. Journal of Legal History, 37(2), 121-179. doi:10.1080/01440365.2016.1191587
While Craig's relationship to, and emergence from, the French legal humanist tradition has always been widely recognized, this paper constitutes a deeper analysis of the speci...

"Review of Ex oriente lex: Near Eastern influences on ancient Greek and Roman law (Baltimore, 2015) Raymond Westbrook (ed. Deborah Lyons and Kurt A Raaflaub)"

Journal Article
Dodd, L. (2015)
"Review of Ex oriente lex: Near Eastern influences on ancient Greek and Roman law (Baltimore, 2015) Raymond Westbrook (ed. Deborah Lyons and Kurt A Raaflaub)". Bryn Mawr Classical Review,
No abstract available.

"Review of Classics and Imperialism in the British Empire (Oxford, 2010) Mark Bradley (ed.)"

Journal Article
Dodd, L. (2012)
"Review of Classics and Imperialism in the British Empire (Oxford, 2010) Mark Bradley (ed.)". Bryn Mawr Classical Review,
No abstract available.

The decline and fall of the Roman empire and its place in contemporary American political discourse, 2003-present

Presentation / Conference
Dodd, L. (2008, May)
The decline and fall of the Roman empire and its place in contemporary American political discourse, 2003-present. Paper presented at Classical Empires in Contemporary Culture
This paper examines the ways in which the trope of Roman declinism was used by media and political commentators during the period 2003-2008. It considers how, during the Iraq ...