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Dr Matthew Dyson

Matthew Dyson


Dr Matt Dyson, MA (Cantab.), PhD (Cantab.) is an Associate Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law and a Fellow of Corpus Christi since 2016. His primary research interest is in the comparative and historical understanding of the relationship between criminal law and tort law. He is interested more generally in criminal law, tort law, comparative law and legal history.

Matt read Law at Downing College, Cambridge and continued there to a PhD under David Ibbetson as part of a project on European Legal Development, particularly relating to fault in tort law. His thesis was entitled “Interfacing Tort and Crime: Legal Development in England and Spain since 1850” and was awarded in 2009. In 2008, he was elected to a Fellowship at Jesus College, Cambridge, teaching tort law, criminal law and European Union law. In 2011, he moved to Trinity College, Cambridge, teaching tort law, criminal law, Roman law, comparative law and European legal history. In both Colleges he was a Director of Studies for undergraduates and graduates, and continues this role as a Tutorial Fellow at Corpus.

He is a Research Fellow of the Utrecht Centre for Accountability and Liability Law and a Vice President of the European Society for Comparative Legal History.  He has held visiting positions at institutions including the University of Cape Town, the University of Iowa, the University of Sao Paulo, the University of Göttingen, the University of Sydney and the Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Private Law, Hamburg. His Faculty profile can be found here:

Matt is also an associate member of 6KBW College Hill, a leading set of barristers’ chambers in London specialising in criminal law and related civil and public law work:

He is fond of the outdoors, good company and a good argument.


Selected publications include:


Edited Books

[2018] Regulating Risk Through Private Law (Intersentia)

[2017] Blackstone's Statutes on Criminal Law 2017-18 (OUP) (and other editions)

[2016] (with J. Lee & S. Wilson Stark) Fifty Years of the Law Commissions: The Dynamics of Law Reform (Hart).

[2015] Comparing Tort and Crime (CUP).

[2014] Unravelling Tort and Crime (CUP).

[2013] (with D. Ibbetson) Law and Legal Process: Substantive Law and Procedure in English Legal History (CUP).



[2017] “Ever working in practice, but never in theory? The new English law of criminal complicity” [2017] Zeitschrift für die gesamte Strafrechtswissenschaft 232-263.

[2016] “If the present were the past” [2016] American Journal of Legal History 41-52.

[2015] “Might Alone Does Not Make Right: Justifying Secondary Liability” [2015] Criminal Law Review 967-985.

[2015] “La Respuesta del Derecho Civil a Sentencias Penales en Inglaterra y España” InDret 3/2015, 1-53.

[2015] “The future of joint-up thinking: living in a post-accessory liability world” (2015) 79 Journal of Criminal law 181-197.

[2015] with John Randall QC, “Criminal Convictions and the Civil Courts” [2015] CLJ 78-108.

(2012) “Civil Law Responses to Criminal Judgments in England and Spain” (2012) 3 Journal of European Tort Law 308-345.

[2012] “The Timing of Tortious and Criminal Actions for the Same Wrong” [2012] CLJ 85-116.

[2009] Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies 247-288: “Connecting Tort and Crime: Comparative Legal History in England and Spain since 1850”.


Book Chapters

[2017] (with Aniceto Masferrer), “The Lawyers’ Reality: Wrongdoing in Spain in the Era of Codification” in A. Sinclair & S. Llano (eds) /Writing Wrongdoing/.

[2017] “Remedies of the Criminal Courts” in G. Virgo and S. Worthington (eds), /Commercial Remedies: Resolving Controversies/ (CUP).

[2017] “The State’s obligation to provide a coherent system of remedies across crime and tort” in A. du Bois-Pedain et al. (ed) /Criminal Law and the Authority of the State /(Hart).

[2017] “R /v./ Hancock and Shankland” in P. Handler, H. Mares and I. Williams (eds), /Landmark Cases in the Criminal Law/ (Hart)/.

[2017] “Frederick Pollock, /The Law of Torts/” in Serge Dauchy et al. (eds), /The Formation and Transmission of Western Legal Culture: 150 Books that made the law in the Age of Printing/ (Springer).

[2016] “Judicial Decision-making in England Today” in J. Basedow, H. Fleischer & R. Zimmermann (eds) Legislators, Judges, and Professors (Mohr Siebeck)

[2015] “Tort and Crime” in Mauro Bussani & Antony Sebok (eds), Comparative Tort Law: Global Perspectives (Edward Elgar) 93-121.

[2015] with John Randall QC, “England’s Splendid Isolation”, in M Dyson (ed), Comparing Tort and Crime (CUP) 18-72.

[2014] “Disentangling and Organising Tort and Crime” in Dyson (ed), Unravelling Tort and Crime (CUP) 389-421.

[2014] with Sarah Green, “The Properties of the Law: Restoring Personal Property through Crime and Tort” in Dyson (ed), Unravelling Tort and Crime (CUP).

[2013] “Challenging the Orthodoxy of Crime's Precedence over Tort: Suspending a Tort Claim Where a Crime May Exist” in Chamberlain, Neyers & Pitel (eds), Challenging Orthodoxy in Tort Law (Hart).


Shorter Articles

[2017] “The smallest fault in manslaughter” [2017] Archbold Review, vol 6, 4-6

[2016] Letter to the editor [2016] Crim LR 638-642.

[2015] with Kourosh Saeb-Parsy et al. “Transplanting suboptimal organs: medicolegal implications” Lancet 2015, 386: 369-371.

[2014] Criminal Law Review “Scrapping Khan? The Court of Appeal and intending all you attempt” [2014] Crim LR 445-450.

[2013] “Symposium on Legal Domains and Comparative Law. Wheels Within Wheels: Using Legal Domains for Domestic Comparative Law” (2013) 17(3) The Edinburgh Law Review 420-424, symposium ends 430.


Case Notes

[2016] CLJ 196-199 R. v. Jogee; Ruddock v The Queen [2016] UKSC 8; UKPC 7.

[2010] CLJ 425-428, R. v. Thompson and Mendez [2010] EWCA Crim 516.

[2006] CLJ 10-13, R. v. Rimmington; R. v. Goldstein [2005] UKHL 63.


 updatd 5/2/18

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