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LLB (Hons), LLM (Aberd), PhD (Edin)
University Senior Lecturer


On parental leave until April 2020.

I am interested primarily in moral, legal and political philosophy, and in particular their application to various topics concerning criminal law, procedure and evidence. I am also interested in more general legal philosophy/jurisprudence.

CV / Biography

I have taught at Cambridge, and been a Fellow of Jesus College, since 2012. I was Academic Secretary of the Faculty of Law from 2016-2018, and Deputy Director of the Cambridge Centre for Criminal Justice from 2015-2019.

I am the author of a monograph - Culpable Carelessness: Recklessness and Negligence in the Criminal Law (CUP, 2016; pbk. 2018) - and an author/editor of the sixth and seventh editions of Simester and Sullivan's Criminal Law: Theory and Doctrine (Hart/Bloomsbury, 2016; Hart, 2019). Culpable Carelessness has been reviewed by Dr Andrew Cornford (Edinburgh) ([2018] Criminal Law Review 689-691), Professor Kimberly Kessler Ferzan (Virginia) ((2018) 81 Modern Law Review 1092-1096), Professor Jonathan Herring (Oxford) ((2018) 134 Law Quarterly Review 151-153), and  Dr Alexander Sarch (Surrey) ((2018) 12 Criminal Law and Philosophy 725-730). My research on attempts has been cited by the Supreme Court of New Zealand, and my work on the history of complicity has been cited by the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.

From 2014-2015, I was a member of the Academic Expert Group advising the Scottish Government's Post-Corroboration Safeguards Review (chaired by Lord Bonomy). Our report is available to read here.

I sit on the editorial boards of the Criminal Law Review and Criminal Law Forum. I was appointed as one of two General Editors of the Cambridge Law Journal in September 2019, having previously acted as a Note Editor since 2015.

I am an Academic Door Tenant at 23 Essex Street, and have given talks to practitioners on a range of topics.




Simester and Sullivan’s Criminal Law: Theory and Doctrine (Hart, 2019) 7th Edition

ISBN 13:
Published Aug 2019

Culpable Carelessness: Recklessness and Negligence in the Criminal Law (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Culpable Carelessness: Recklessness and Negligence in the Criminal Law (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Simester and Sullivan's Criminal Law: Theory and Doctrine (with Andrew Simester, John Spencer, Bob Sullivan and Graham Virgo) (Hart, 2016) 6th Edition

Andrew Simester, John Spencer, Bob Sullivan and Graham Virgo
ISBN 13:
Published Sep 2016


"The Reasonableness in Recklessness " Criminal Law and Philosophy (Online First)

"Reckless Manslaughter " [2017] Criminal Law Review 763-784

[2017] Criminal Law Review 763-784
Published: Oct 2017

"The Demise of 'Parasitic Accessorial Liability': Substantive Judicial Law Reform, Not Common Law Housekeeping" (2016) 75(3) Cambridge Law Journal 550-579

(2016) 75(3) Cambridge Law Journal 550-579
Published: Nov 2016

"Necessity and Nicklinson" [2013] Criminal Law Review 949-965

[2013] Criminal Law Review 949-965
Published: Dec 2013

"Wiping the Slate Clean: Reforming Scots Law's Approach to Evidence of the Accused's Bad Character" (2013) 76 Modern Law Review 346-369

(2013) 76 Modern Law Review 346-369
Published: Mar 2013

"It's Only Words: On Meaning and Mens Rea" (2013) 72 Cambridge Law Journal 155-177

(2013) 72 Cambridge Law Journal 155-177
Published: Mar 2013

"Rethinking Recklessness" 2011 Juridical Review 163-203

2011 Juridical Review 163-203
Published: Oct 2011

"Moral Legitimacy and Disclosure Appeals" (2010) 14 Edinburgh Law Review 205-224

(2010) 14 Edinburgh Law Review 205-224
Published: May 2010

"Breaking Down Brennan" 2009 Juridical Review 155-170

2009 Juridical Review 155-170
Published: Jan 2009

Book Chapters

"Tort Law, Expression and Duplicative Wrongs ", Civil Wrongs and Justice in Private Law (Oxford University Press, 2019)

Oxford University Press
Published Dec 2019

"Preparatory Offences (with Stefanie Bock)" (with Stefanie Bock), Core Concepts in Criminal Law and Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2019)

Cambridge University Press
Published Dec 2019

"R v Howe (1987)" (with Henry Mares, Ian Williams and Phil Handler (Eds),), Landmark Cases in Criminal Law (Hart Publishing, 2016)

Hart Publishing
ISBN 13:
Henry Mares, Ian Williams and Phil Handler (Eds),
Published Dec 2016

"Scotland: A Plea for Consistency (with Fiona Leverick)" (with Stephen Thaman), Exclusionary Rules in Comparative Law (Springer, 2013), pp. 69-92

ISBN 13:
Stephen Thaman
Published Feb 2013

"Corporate Criminal Liability in Scotland: the Problems with a Piecemeal Approach" (with Mark Pieth and Radha Ivory), Corporate Criminal Liability: Emergence, Convergence and Risk (Springer, 2011), pp. 113-146

ISBN 13:
Mark Pieth and Radha Ivory
Published Jun 2011

Book Reviews

RA Duff, The Realm of Criminal Law (2019) 78(2) Cambridge Law Journal 453-456

KK Ferzan and SJ Morse (eds), Legal, Moral, and Metaphysical Truths: The Philosophy of Michael S Moore (2017) 133 Law Quarterly Review 161-163

Published Jan 2017

L Farmer, Making the Modern Criminal Law: Criminalization and Social Order (2016) 132 Law Quarterly Review 513-516

Published Jul 2016

A Ashworth, L Zedner and P Tomlin (eds), Prevention and the Limits of the Criminal Law (2016) 10(2) Criminal Law and Philosophy 389-394

Published Apr 2016

M Redmayne, Character in the Criminal Trial [2015] 6 Archbold Review 9

Published May 2015

P Crofts, Wickedness and Crime: Laws of Homicide and Malice (2014) 73 Cambridge Law Journal 224-228

Published Mar 2014

A Ashworth, Positive Obligations in Criminal Law (2014) 73 Cambridge Law Journal 220-224

Published Mar 2014

ME Badar, The Concept of Mens Rea in International Criminal Law (2014) 18 Edinburgh Law Review 155-156

Published Jan 2014

L Zedner and JV Roberts (eds), Principles and Values in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice: Essays in Honour of Andrew Ashworth (2013) 72 Cambridge Law Journal 217-221

Published Mar 2013

ID Macphail, Scottish Criminal Evidence: Procedure and Practice 2013 SCOLAG 41

Published Jan 2013

F Tanguay-Renaud and J Stribopoulous (eds), Rethinking Criminal Law Theory: New Canadian Perspectives in the Philosophy of Domestic, Transnational and International Criminal Law (2012) 16(3) Edinburgh Law Review 464-466

Published Sep 2012

AP Simester and A von Hirsch, Crimes, Harms and Wrongs: On the Principles of Criminalisation (2012) 21 Social & Legal Studies 259-262

Published Jun 2012

R Cruft et al (eds), Crime, Punishment and Responsibility: The Jurisprudence of Antony Duff (2012) 16 Edinburgh Law Review 293-294

Published May 2012

RA Duff, Answering for Crime: Responsibility and Liability in the Criminal Law (2011) 20 Social & Legal Studies 409-412

Published Sep 2011

J Chalmers et al (eds), Essays in Criminal Law in Honour of Sir Gerald Gordon (2011) 15 Edinburgh Law Review 328-329

Published May 2011

A Cubie, Scots Criminal Law (3rd edn) 2011 SCOLAG 27

Published Jan 2011

D Boonin, The Problem of Punishment (2010) 19 Social & Legal Studies 256-258

Published Jun 2010

Case Notes

In Praise of Rose [2019] Arch Rev, forthcoming

Published: Oct 2019

Non-State Entrapment [2018] 10 Arch. Rev. 6-9

Published: Dec 2018

Bringing the Background to the Fore in Sexual History Evidence [2017] 8 Archbold Review 4-8

The Taming of Jogee? (2017) 76(1) Cambridge Law Journal 4-7

Published: Mar 2017

The Mens Rea of a Criminal Attempt [2014] 3 Archbold Review 7-9

Published: Apr 2014

Prior Fault (2014) 73 Cambridge Law Journal 8-11

Published: Mar 2014

Necessity and Policy in R (Nicklinson) v Ministry of Justice (2014) 18 Edinburgh Law Review 104-109

Published: Jan 2014

Encouraging or Assisting Clarity? (2013) 72 Cambridge Law Journal 497-501

Published: Nov 2013

The Dairy, the Herdsman and the Gangmaster (2013) 72 Cambridge Law Journal 247-250

Published: Jul 2013

'A Most Difficult Case': On the Ratio of Gnango (2013) 2(1) Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law 60-66

The Demise of the Private Prosecution? (2013) 72 Cambridge Law Journal 7-11

Published: Mar 2013

Reconciling the Irreconcilable? (2012) 71 Cambridge Law Journal 475-478

Published: Nov 2012

Bad Character, Bad Answer (2012) 16 Edinburgh Law Review 420-425

Published: Sep 2012

Killing the Unfaithful (2012) 71 Cambridge Law Journal 260-263

Published: Jun 2012

A Perfectly Unreasonable Decision: Jenkins v HM Advocate (2012) 16 Edinburgh Law Review 86-92

Published: Jan 2012

The Consequences of Cadder (2011) 15 Edinburgh Law Review 293-298

Published: May 2011

The Court, Coherence and Criminal Appeals 2011 Scots Law Times (News) 51-55

Published: Feb 2011

Bowes v McGowan: Cause for Fear and Alarm 2010 Scottish Criminal Law 721-727

Published: Oct 2010

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Entrapment? Jones and Doyle v HM Advocate (with Fiona Leverick) (2010) 14 Edinburgh Law Review 467-472

Fiona Leverick
Published: Sep 2010

Breach of the Peace Revisited (Again) (2010) 14 Edinburgh Law Review 134-137

Published: Jan 2010

Legislating the Duty of Disclosure (2009) 13 Edinburgh Law Review 493-497

Published: Sep 2009

McInnes v HM Advocate: More Fuel for the Reformer's Fire? 2008 Scots Law Times (News) 261-264

Published: Nov 2008

Missing MacKinlay? Capacity and the Supreme Court in R v Daley (2008) 52 Criminal Reports (6th) 278-282

Published: Jan 2008


Post-corroboration Safeguards Review: Report of the Academic Expert Group

James Chalmers, Fraser Davidson, Peter Duff, Pamela Ferguson, Fiona Leverick and Alasdair Shaw
Published: Oct 2014

Undercover Investigations in Scotland

Body / Institution:
International Academy of Comparative Law
Published: Feb 2014