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Stuart Toddington took up the post of Professor of Jurisprudence at Huddersfield in September 2011 and taught  Administration of Justice and   Human Rights Law, and the Law of Torts. He encouraged new doctoral applications -especially with  socio-legal themes  and currently  supervises a range of PhDs. 


After completing an MA in Socio-Legal Studies and a  PhD at Sheffield University under Deryck Beyleveld exploring the relationship between the methodology of the social science and Natural Law, 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 University Press, and in this period  was also visiting lecturer in Socio-Legal Studies at Sheffield, where he 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 co-ordinator for the innovative internal reserach workshop programme and the  highly successful 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 - which he valued highly and which ran untiil 2017.

In 2005  he was appointed to a personal  Chair in Jurusprudence at the University of Westminster  where he served until 2011. Here he wrote several notable articles as well as a book, Architectures of Justice with Henrik Olsen, his longstanding collaborator in their project of establishing a general theory of Legal Idealism inspired by the work of Alan Gewirth and Deryck Beyleveld. In 2011 he moved back to Huddersfield to contunue as Professor of Jurisprudence in The Law School where, with Phil Drake he won a £50,000 HEA award to establsih a programme of Ethically Reflective Clinical Education. In 2012 they co-founded the award winning Huddersfield  University Legal Advice Centre  which operates in the heart of the community in the Huddersfield Pack Horse Centre. Stuart now works part time but continues to write and publish extensively  in the fields of Legal Philosophy and Legal Education and  to mentor his colleagues in planning and publishing their research  work in the run uo to REF 2021.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Legal philosophy
  • Relationship between law, social science and ethics 


  • Legal philosophy
  • law
  • social science
  • ethics
  • jurisprudence
  • administration of justice
  • human rights law
  • law of torts
  • socio-legal studies

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Research Output 2008 2018

Ethical Engagement, Embedded Reflection, and Mutual Empowerment in the Clinical Process

Drake, P., Taylor, N. & Toddington, S. 1 Apr 2018 Social Justice and Legal Education. Ashford, C. & McKeown, P. (eds.). Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 65-83 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

legal advice
social justice

How to be a Successful Hegelian

Toddington, S. 26 Jan 2017 Ethical Rationalism and The Law . Pattinson, S. & Capps, P. (eds.). Oxford: Bloomsbury Publishing, p. 17-35 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Immanuel Kant
Georg W.F. Hegel

The Moral Truth About Normative Constructivism

Toddington, S. 23 Dec 2017 In : The Owl of Minerva. 48, 1-2, p. 95-108 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Georg W.F. Hegel

Dialectical Necessity and the 'is-ought' Problem

Toddington, S. 22 Mar 2016 Gewirthian Perspectives on Human Rights. Bauhn, P. (ed.). Routledge, p. 63-78 16 p. (Routledge Studies in American Philosophy; no. 5) (Radiologia).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Legal Realism: In Search of a Science of law

Toddington, S. & Olsen, H. P. 21 Dec 2016 In : Retfaerd. 155, 4, p. 22-37 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
legal validity
right to resist

Activities 2013 2014

  • 3 Oral presentation