Leslie Dodd

leslie dodd

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

Lecturer

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 2021/22, he is Module Leader for the Law of Succession & Trusts (LAW09123); Contemporary Issues in Private Law (LAW10121); and Civil Law (LAW10117). In previous years, he has also acted as Module Leader for Constitutional & Administrative Law (LAW07111); Obligations 2 (LAW08119); and Business & Corporate Law (LAW08102); and has contributed to the teaching of Obligations 1 (LAW07110).

In addition to his other roles, Leslie is Business School Programme Leader for Visiting Students; Group Lead on Research Culture and Students Skills; and, from 2021, will be acting as external examiner in law for Glasgow Caledonian University.

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 the legal and intellectual history of European Private Law. 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.

Research Areas

Esteem

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner in Law at Glasgow Caledonian University

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

 

Date


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The Scottish Witch Hunts: the Religious and Legal Contexts

Presentation / Conference
Dodd, L. (2021, October)
The Scottish Witch Hunts: the Religious and Legal Contexts. Paper presented at Witches' Stories: Folk healers and midwives accused and persecuted for helping others (1563-1736), Edinburgh [Online]
An examination of the religious and legal contexts for the witch hunts of 16th and 17th century Scotland.

The Scots Law of Intestacy: Whence? Where? Whither?

Presentation / Conference
Dodd, L. (2021, September)
The Scots Law of Intestacy: Whence? Where? Whither?. Paper presented at Edinburgh Napier Research Seminar Series, Edinburgh
An overview of the origins of current Scots intestacy law, the major problems posed by the current intestacy regime, and proposals for the possible reform.

Legal Practice in Modern History

Presentation / Conference
Dodd, L. (2021, May)
Legal Practice in Modern History. Paper presented at Legal History in Modern Practice, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
The Romans envisioned history as a moral didactic, the purpose of which was to present stories about deeds accomplished by historical figures and to challenge readers to emula...

The Vita Cragii of James Baillie

Book Chapter
Dodd, L. (2020)
The Vita Cragii of James Baillie. In A. M. Godfrey (Ed.), Miscellany VIII (265-283). Edinburgh: Stair Society. https://doi.org/10.36098/stairsoc/misc8.7
A Latin edition and annotated English translation of the advocate James Baillie's 1732 biography of Thomas Craig.

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. Edinburgh: 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...