Jonathan Ainslie

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


Jonathan graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an LL.B. (Hons, First Class) in Law and Politics in 2016. 

He completed an LL.M. (Merit), also at the University of Edinburgh, in Comparative and European Private Law in 2017. His LL.M. dissertation compared the protection of dignitary interests in delict/tort in England, Scotland and South Africa. This followed an ERASMUS course in European Legal Systems at the University of Salzburg in 2015. 

Jonathan has been a PhD researcher attached to the Centre for Legal History at the Edinburgh Law School since September 2017. He is a recipient of the Modern Law Review scholarship for 2018-20.

Jonathan grew up in Bridge of Earn, Perthshire. 


LL.B. (Hons, First Class) in Law and Politics 

LL.M. (Merit) in Comparative and European Private Law

Responsibilities & affiliations

In addition to his PhD research, Jonathan works for the University of Edinburgh as the Warden for two halls of residence: Robertson's Close on the Cowgate and Nicolson/South College Street. These halls of residence have over 300 residents between them, mainly undergraduates.

Undergraduate teaching

Jonathan is a course tutor for Civil Law (Ordinary) LAWS08104. 

From September 2019 Jonathan will be responsible for redesigning and delivering the Reasoning Using Civilian Authority (LAWS10213) course at Honours level. 

Research summary

Jonathan's main research interests are law and economics in the Ancient world, the influence of Dutch-Roman law on Scotland in the early modern period and the comparison of fundamental private law concepts in modern European jurisdictions. 

Current research interests

Jonathan's PhD thesis focuses on how the Roman legal and administrative system dealt with economic issues which arose in the late Principate. To address these issues, Jonathan uses a variety of legal sources, including extracts from the Justinian Digest as well as the surviving fragments of the Gregorian and Hermogenian Codes. 

Affiliated research centres

Papers delivered

"Citizens, Honestiores and Punishment in the Late Roman Empire" - Ancient Law in Context X, University of Edinburgh, 5-6th April 2019.