Dr Jonathan Ainslie
LLB LLM PHD
Lecturer in Private Law
Jonathan joined the School of Law at the University of Aberdeen as a Teaching Fellow in September 2021. He was previously a Tutor in the Centre for Legal History at the University of Edinburgh. He became Lecturer in Private Law in February 2022.
Jonathan's research interests are in private law, especially the law of obligations (contract and tort/delict). He focuses on historical and comparative perspectives, including the interaction of modern Scottish legal practice with its Roman/Civilian heritage. Current projects concern contractual good faith, the actio iniuriarum in Scotland and unconscionable bargains.
Jonathan is the course coordinator for Law of Property (LS2031), Introduction to Corporate Finance Law (LS503N) and History of Contract Theory (LS452S). He also teaches on a variety of other private law courses.
Monitoring and Retention Lead, School of Law
Postgraduate Research Policy Committee
Prizes and Awards
Modern Law Review Scholarship 2018-2020
Good Faith and Relational Contracts: A Scots-Roman Perspective
This article examines the relationship between good faith and relational contracts from a Scots perspective. It begins by introducing the theoretical basis of the relational contract before exploring its application in English law. It is then shown that the historical sources of Scots law are fully compatible with an approach to good faith based on relational contracts.