Portrait of Professor Stuart Toddington Professor Stuart Toddington

s.w.toddington@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472970


Position: Professor of Jurisprudence - Law School
Qualifications:BA, MA, PhD, FHEA

Stuart Toddington took up the post of Professor of Jurisprudence at Huddersfield in September 2011 and teaches Administration of Justice and   Human Rights Law, the Law of Torts and supervises a range of PhDs.  He has also instituted a series of Public Lectures in Jurisprudence which run from February to April.

In 2005 he accepted a Chair in Jurisprudence at Westminster where he published Architectures of Justice.

His first lectureship came in 1989, in Jurisprudence and Public Law at The University of Hull where he taught until 1999. In 1993 he published Rationality, Social Action and Moral Judgement  with Edinburgh U.P and in this period  was also visiting lecturer in Socio-Legal Studies at Sheffield, where Stuart taught the epistemology and methodology components of the MA in Socio-legal Studies. Stuart moved to UCLAN as a Reader, in 1999 and taught a range of courses: Jurisprudence, Law of Obligations and the LL.M in European Public Law, he developed the exchange link with The University of Poitiers where he taught bi-annually in Law and Communications. He was deputy Research Director at UCLAN and effectively responsible for the 2001 submission and also was co-ordinator for the (external) research seminar programme. Whilst at UCLAN, he was invited to write the tri-annual Jurisprudence Column for the 24,000 circulation Student Law Review and in 2003-4  received an  AHRB (then AHRC) award totalling  £26,000.

Research and Scholarship

Stuart Toddington’s research specialism is Legal Philosophy and especially the relationship between law, social science and ethics. Over the past few years he has also focussed upon the Philosophy of Clinical Legal Research and has published theoretical papers on professionalism, ethics and education a well as completing a large HEA funded research project leading to the establishment of the Legal Advice Centre in Huddersfield.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Drake, P., Taylor, N. and Toddington, S. (2017) ‘Ethical Engagement, Embedded Reflection, and Mutual Empowerment in the Clinical Process’. In: Social Justice and Legal Education. Cambridege, UK: Cambridge Scholars. .


Olsen, H. and Toddington, S. (2016) ‘In search of a science of lawRetfaerd , 39 (4), pp. 22-37. ISSN 0105-1121


Drake, P. and Toddington, S. (2014) ‘Structuring ethical values through clinical legal education’. In: CLEO Clinical Legal Education Organisation Conference, 27th November 2014, Sheffield Hallam University

Drake, P. and Toddington, S. (2014) ‘Ethically, autonomous lawyering for the future’. In: Taking Social Justice Seriously: The Future of Clinical Education, 3rd November 2014, Sheffield, UK

Drake, P. and Toddington, S. (2014) ‘The Depths of dialogue: Ethics, Interests and the Behavioural Economics of Collaborative’. In: International Legal Ethics Conference VI, 10th - 12th July 2014, City University London, UK

Drake, P. and Toddington, S. (2014) ‘Refashioning our ideas about lawyer and client collaboration’. In: International Conference on Access to Justice and Legal Services, 19th-20th June 2014, UCL, London

Olsen, H. and Toddington, S. (2014) ‘The End of an Era: Static and Dynamic Interpretation in International CourtsInternational Criminal Law Review , 14 (4-5), pp. 1571-8123. ISSN 1571-8123

Drake, P. and Toddington, S. (2014) ‘The Depths of Dialogue: Ethics, Interests and the Behavioural Economics of ‘Collaborative’ Lawyering’. In: Teaching Legal Ethics workshop: Responding to the LETR, 22nd March 2014, The City Law School, 2-10 Princeton Street, London


Toddington, S (2013) ‘Agency, Authority and the Logic of Mutual RecognitionRatio Juris , 28 (1), pp. 89-109. ISSN 0952-1917

Drake, P. and Toddington, S. (2013) ‘Reflections on moral courage and the necessity of practical wisdom’. In: Teaching Legal Ethics UK Workshop: Understanding and Learning Moral Courage, Friday 12 July 2013, London, UK

Drake, P. and Toddington, S. (2013) ‘Clinical Pathways to Ethically Substantive AutonomyInternational Journal of Clinical Legal Education , 19, pp. 311-320. ISSN 1467-1069

Drake, P. and Toddington, S. (2013) ‘Ethics and Outcomes: Autonomy and Technique in Legal Education’. In: The UALL Work Based Learning Network Annual Conference - Exploring WBL Through Theory and Practice, 11th-12th April 2013, Birkbeck, University of London


Toddington, S., Drake, P. and Tobbell, J. (2012) ‘The ethical dynamics of learning: empowerment and responsibility in clinical legal education’. In: IJCLE The International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference, 10th-13th July 2012, Durham, UK

Toddington, S (2012) Law, self and society . London, UK: Ashgate Publishing. ISBN 9780754679547

Toddington, S (2012) ‘The Scandinavian Roots to a New Approach to Legal KnowledgeRetfaerd , 35 (139), pp. 57-78. ISSN 0105-1121


Toddington, S (2011) ‘Aquinas and I’. In: University of Westminster Research Seminar, November 2011, Westminster, UK

Toddington, S (2011) ‘Embracing a non-transcendental Kelsen’. In: Bristol University Research Seminar, June 2011, Bristol, UK


Toddington, S (2010) ‘A small step for Brudner’. In: Symposium on Brudner's Constitutional Goods, October 2010, Manchester, UK

Toddington, S (2010) ‘Aquinas at the heart of modern social theory’. In: Christian Ethics Conference 2010, April 2010, Rome, Italy


Toddington, S (2009) ‘Bourdieu and method’. In: Graduate Seminar Programme, October 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark


Toddington, S (2008) ‘Law, Social Theory, and the Return of the Ethical Subject?’. In: SLS Annual Conference 2008 The Impact of Legal Scholarship, September 2008, London, UK


Olsen, H. and Toddington, S. (2007) Architectures of justice: legal theory and the idea of institutional design . Applied Legal Philosophy. London, UK: Ashgate Publishing. ISBN 9780754672340


Toddington, S (2006) ‘The moral truth about discourse theoryRatio Juris , 19 (2), pp. 217-230. ISSN 0952-1917

Toddington, S. and Beyleveld, D. (2006) ‘Human Nature, Social Theory and the Problem of Institutional DesignStudies in Social and Political Thought (12), pp. 2-30.


Toddington, S (2005) ‘The idea of public lawKings Law Journal , 16 (1), pp. 209-228. ISSN 0961-5768


Toddington, S (2002) ‘The dialect of constitutionalism’. In: Erkjennelse og engasjement: minneseminar for David Roland Doublet (1954-2000). Norway: Fagbokforlaget. pp. 29-43. ISBN 9788276748901


Toddington, S (2000) ‘The legal profession as a ruling elite’. In: ISSEI 2000 The Proceedings of the 7th Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas. Bergen, Norway: the HIT Centre at the University of Bergen for ISSEI 2000.. .

Olsen, H. and Toddington, S. (2000) Law in its own right . Legal Theory Today. Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing. ISBN 9781841130347


Olsen, H. and Toddington, S. (1999) ‘Legal Idealism and the Autonomy of LawRatio Juris , 12 (3), pp. 286-310. ISSN 0952-1917

Toddington, S (1999) ‘Idealism for pragmatistsArchiv fur Rechts und Sozialphilosophie , 85. ISSN 0001-2343


Toddington, S (1998) ‘Generic consistency in the reproductive enterprise: the case of Huntington's DiseaseMedical Law International , 3 (1), pp. 120-148. ISSN 0968-5332


Toddington, S (1996) ‘The Emperor’s New Skills: The Academy, The Profession and The Idea of Legal Education’. In: What are Law Schools For?. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. pp. 69-91. ISBN 978-0-19-826293-0

Toddington, S (1996) ‘Method, Morality and the Impossibility of Legal PositivismRatio Juris , 9 (3), pp. 283-299. ISSN 0952-1917


Toddington, S (1995) ‘How to read Hobbes?The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence , III, pp. 357-361. ISSN 0841-8209


Toddington, S (1994) ‘Skills, ‘quality’ and the ideologies of ManagerialismThe Law Teacher , 28 (3), pp. 243-257. ISSN 03039400


Toddington, S (1993) ‘Aristotle, Weber and Finnis on natural lawObiter Dicta , 8, pp. 9-19. ISSN 0029-7585

Toddington, S (1993) Rationality, social action and moral judgement . Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9780748604326


Toddington, S (1992) ‘Interests and obligations in social science and legal theoryObiter Dicta , 6, pp. 24-33. ISSN 0029-7585

Toddington, S () ‘Means, ends and Fuller's case against freedomRetfaerd , 26 (3), pp. 41-51. ISSN 0105-1121


External Examiner for Jurisprudence and The Law of Tort : The University of Sheffield 2006 – 2009

Editorial Consultant for English text submissions to Retfaerd - The leading Scandinavian Legal and Philosophical Journal.

Manuscript Consultant for Legal Theory and Political Philosophy for OUP.

Referee for various legal and philosophical journals notably Ratio Juris, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice etc

Editor of Entertainment and Sports Law Special Edition Summer 2006

Convenor for Jurisprudence and Council Member for The Society of Legal Scholars. 2003-2006

External Examiner for LLMs and PhD’s at various Universities (Sheffield, Bristol and Sussex and internally at UCLAN.)

Visiting Fellow in Law and Communications at the University of Poitiers 2000- 2007

Founder and Organiser of the Sports Law Conference at UCLAN  in April 2005

Co-ordinator of the Visiting Speaker Programme in Lancashire Law School 1999 -2006

Senior Management Committee Member, Lancashire Law School 1999 -2006

Deputy Director of Research and Chair of Internal Research Workshops Programme, Lancashire Law School, 2001-2004

Research Leader, Department of Academic Legal Studies, The School of Law, University of  Westminster , 2006 – 2011

Research  Director.  The Law School , University of Huddersfield 2011 –

External REF assessor – Edge Hill University 2013

Research Degree Supervision

Stuart Toddinmgtonm is interested in supervising areas of law from a critical - philosophical and sociological –perspective and this approach can cover a wide range of substantive topics. At the moment he has supervisees who are involved in research in Money Laundering, Social Justice and Clinical Legal Education, Liberalism and Social order, International Maritime Piracy, and Transitional Justice issues.

Administrative Responsibilities

Stuart is Director of Research for the Law School and Deputy Director of Research for the Business School

Teaching and Professional Activities

Stuart has taught on a wide range of undergraduate modules in the past 20 years, He now teaches Administration of Justice and Human rights, The Law of Tort, and Mooting as well as supervising law clinic students and presenting a series of Public Lectures on Jurisprudence from February to June. He developed with colleagues a new approach to Doctoral Training in Research methods which is now incorporated into the Business School’s plans to offer a PGCE in Research Methods for all PhD students.