Dr Timothy J. Dodsworth
Tim is a lecturer in law (Education and Research) at the University of Exeter. His principal research interest lies in identifying the underlying values in German and English contract law which has since led to several related research projects. For example, he has co-lead a research project which suggested an overarching theory behind all long-term renewable contracts. Most recently this research was featured in national newspapers when it was applied to energy contracts. The research showed that the Government’s decision to impose price caps on standard variable tariffs would harm vulnerable consumers in the long run.
Tim is currently co-leading an ESRC IAA funded project to investigate the impact of AI on the registration of land in the UK. The project involves using IBM’s Watson AI Computer and data supplied by the Land Registry to identify structural weaknesses and previously unidentified structures within the registration system.
He is the module convenor for all undergraduate contract law courses (LAW1004. LAW2004B and LAW40004 - Hong Kong) and the comparative contract law course (LAW2139).
Prior to his appointment Tim was a Herbert Smith Fellow at the University of Warwick (2011 – 2015), where he also completed his PhD in 2015. Tim was awarded the LLM in Commercial Law in 2011 from the University of Sheffield, where he also completed the LPC (2010) and his LLB (Hons.) (European, International and Comparative Law).
Tim is the winner of the WATEPGR (Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence) of 2014 and was nominated in the University of Exeter Guild Awards for the 'most supportive staff member', 'best lecturer' & 'best supervisor' award in 2017, 2018, 2020. He has received the Exeter Gold above and beyond award for his contribution to the department.
Tim’s research interests lie in the area of comparative (European) contract law. He is currently working on a book titled ‘the underlying philosophies of German and English contract law’, looking at the values that have shaped judgments, leading to cases with differing outcomes.
Tim’s broad research interests lie in the areas of:
- Contract and Commercial Law (in particular the areas of ‘mistake’ and pre-contractual liability)
- Comparative European Contract Law (German and French contract law)
- The Theory/Theories of Contract Law
I would be interested in supervising research projects in the following areas:
- the law of mistake
- comparative contract law theory
- pre-contractual liability
- consumer vulnerability