Personal Biography

As an Associate Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law and a Tutorial Fellow of Corpus Christ, I have been teaching, researching and helping students here since 2016. Previously I was at Cambridge, as a Fellow and Director of Studies first of Jesus College (2008-2011), and then Trinity College (2011-2016).

I am also:

  • President of the European Society for Comparative Legal History:
  • 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:
  • a Research Fellow of the Utrecht Centre for Accountability and Liability Law:

I have 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.

My Faculty profile can be found here:


Research and Teaching

My primary research interest is in the comparative and historical understanding of the relationship between criminal law and tort law. I am interested more generally in criminal law, tort law, comparative law and legal history. My current projects include understanding and explaining where, how, why and when tort and crime interact over time as part of a larger study of how legal systems change.

I teach Criminal law, Tort law, Advanced Criminal law, Roman Law and Legal Methods, and when time permits, Comparative Legal History.

I am fond of the outdoors, good company and a good argument.


Selected publications include:

Edited Books

[2018] Regulating Risk Through Private Law (Intersentia) (including authoring or co-authoring 3 chapters)

[2018] (with B Vogel) The Limits of Criminal Law (Intersentia) (including authoring or co-authoring 9 chapters)

[2017] Blackstone's Statutes on Criminal Law 2019-20 (OUP) (and 3 previous 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) (and authoring or co-authoring 3 chapters)

[2014] Unravelling Tort and Crime (CUP) (and authoring or co-authoring 3 chapters)

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


[2018] “Principals without distinction” [2018] Crim LR 293-317

[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.

Book Chapters

[2019] “Comparative Legal History: Methodology for Morphology” in Olivier Moréteau et al (eds) /Edward Elgar Handbook of Comparative Legal History /(Edward Elgar).

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

[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.

Shorter Articles

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

[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.