Jonathan Ainslie

Thesis title: Economic Fragmentation in the Legal Sources of the Roman Empire, 165 to 312 CE.


Jonathan was a PhD candidate in the Centre for Legal History at the Edinburgh Law School from 2017 to 2022. He was a recipient of the Modern Law Review scholarship from 2018 to 2020. He grew up in Bridge of Earn, Perthshire. 

Jonathan has since moved to the University of Aberdeen where he is Lecturer in Private Law. His new profile can be found here:

Responsibilities & affiliations

Jonathan sat on the Senatus Academicus from 2019 to 2022.  He was previously a student member of the Student Discipline Committee and served as Convenor for the Law School at the Edinburgh University Students' Association. 

Jonathan served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Edinburgh Student Law Review from 2019 to 2021. He was also convenor of the Henry Goudy Seminar and co-convenor of the Edinburgh-Cambridge Roman Law Moot. 

From 2017 to 2021, Jonathan served as the Residence Warden for Robertson's Close and Nicolson/South College Street.

Undergraduate teaching

Jonathan created the Reasoning Using Civilian Authority (RUCA) (LAWS10213) course in August 2019. He also served as one of the course tutors for Civil Law (Ordinary) (LAWS08104). 

Affiliated research centres

Papers delivered

As a PhD student at Edinburgh, Jonathan delivered the following conference papers:

"Commutative Justice Under the Tetrarchy: An Analysis of Laesio Enormis and Rent Remission" -  LXXIIIth Session de la Societé Internationale Fernand de Visscher pour l’Histoire des Droits de l’Antiquité, Edinburgh (UK), 3rd-7th September 2019.

"A Tale of Three Cities? Comparing the Legal Treatment of Foreigners in Ancient Rome and Early Modern Low Countries" - XIIth Celtic Conference in Classics, Coimbra (Portugal), 26-29th June 2019. 

"Roman Citizenship and the Ius civile: the Constitutio Antoniniana in Legal, Political and Economic Context" - XXVth Annual Young Legal Historians' Forum, Brussels (Belgium), 5-7th June 2019. 

"Good Faith and Relationality in Contract: A Scots-Roman Perspective" - Legal History in Modern Practice, Aberdeen (UK), May 2021.