Professor William Wilson, LLM (Manc) MA (Middx), Barrister (Grays Inn)
Professor of Criminal Law
Professor William Wilson’s primary research focus is criminal law and theory. He is interested in the role of limit cases, hypotheticals and inchoate law in legal reasoning and legal development.
Professor Wilson has published widely in the field of homicide law and criminal defences. He has advised the Home Office and was an adviser to the Law Commission in their review of homicide and inchoate offences. Download the Law Commission report, Murder, Manslaughter and Infanticide.
He is currently researching preparatory offences.
He is an associate editor of the New Criminal Law Review (formerly Buffalo Criminal Law review).
Professor Wilson was Head of the Department of Law from 2004-2008.
Key publications since 2007
- Criminal Law: Doctrine and Theory, fourth edition (Longmans, 2011)
- Cases and Materials on Criminal Law 6th ed 2010 co authors J Dine and J Gobert
- “Participating in Crime: Some Thoughts on the Retribution/Prevention Dichotomy in Preparation for Crime and How to Deal with It” In M Bohlander and A Reed eds Participation in Crime (Ashgate 2013), forthcoming.
- ‘Murder by Omission: Some Observations on a Mismatch between the General and Special Parts’ (2010) NCLR 1-22
- 'Dealing with Drug Induced Homicide' in CMV Clarkson and S Cunningham eds Criminal Liability for Non-Aggressive Deaths (Ashgate 2008) (176-198)
- 'A Rational Scheme of Liability for Participating in Crime'  Crim LR 3-18
- 'What's Wrong with Murder?' (2007) Criminal Law and Philosophy 151-171
Professional activities and outreach:
- LAW4002 Criminal Law