Biography

Karl Laird, BCL (Oxon) LLB (Lond) is currently a Fixed-term Fellow and Tutor in Law at St Hilda's College, Oxford and is also a Stipendiary Lecturer at St Edmund Hall and Mansfield College. His research interests are in criminal law and the law of evidence, in addition to public law and equality law.  He also teaches a course on statutory interpretation at the University of Cambridge and has previsouly taught at the University of Bristol and at the LSE.  Karl write commentaries for the Criminal Law Review and Lloyd's Law Reports: Financial Crime and edits the monthly e-updates for Blackstone's Criminal Practice. He is the author of numerous publications, is a contributor to Montgomery and Ormerod: Fraud Law and Practice, and is the co-author of Smith and Hogan's Criminal Law. He has lectured widely, including to the judiciary, the CPS, the Whitehall Prosecutors' Group and the Hong Kong Department of Justice.

Publications

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  • Karl Laird and Sebastian Walker, 'A Prisoner's Right to Rehabilitation ' (2018) Law Quarterly Review 527 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'Determining the proper functions of judge and jury' (2018) Law Quarterly Review 10 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'Financial crime - A ten year review ' (2018) Lloyd's Law Reports Financial Crime - Ten Year Anniversary Digest
  • Karl Laird, 'Gross negligence manslaughter - the view from Hong Kong' (2018) Archbold Review 7
  • Karl Laird, 'HKSAR v Chen and others' (2018) Lloyd's Law Reports: Financial Crime 403 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird and Katherine Hardcastle , 'International Double Jeopardy and Deferred Prosecution Agreements ' (2018) Criminal Law Review
  • Karl Laird, 'Ivey v Genting Casinos (UK) Ltd' (2018) Criminal Law Review 395 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird and Professor David Ormerod QC, 'Ivey v Genting Casinos - Much Ado About Nothing?' in (ed), (The Supreme Court Yearbook: Vol 9 2018) (forthcoming)
  • Karl Laird, 'Oraki v Crown Prosecution Service ' (2018) Criminal Law Review 655 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'R (on the application of Haralambous) v St Albans Crown Court' (2018) Criminal Law Review 672 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'R (on the application of River East Supplies Ltd) v Nottingham Crown Court' (2018) Criminal Law Review 172 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'R v BM' (2018) Criminal Law Review Criminal Law Review 842 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'R v Martin ' (2018) Criminal Law Review 340 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'R v Ray' (2018) Criminal Law Review 342 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'R v Rejmanski' (2018) Criminal Law Review 665 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'R v Rose' (2018) Criminal Law Review 76 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird and Professor David Ormerod QC, Smith, Hogan and Ormerod's Criminal Law (Oxford University Press 2018)
  • Karl Laird, 'The evolution of gross negligence manslaughter ' (2018) Archbold Review 6
  • Karl Laird, 'Director of Public Prosecutions v Forsey; Krishan Chander v State of Delhi ' (2017) Lloyd's Law Reports: Financial Crime 174 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'DPP v SK' (2017) Criminal Law Review 226 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'Hudson v Crown Prosecution Service ' (2017) Criminal Law Review 703 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'Ivey v Genting Casinos (UK) Ltd' (2017) Lloyd's Law Reports Financial Crime 561 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'Piercing the Corporate Veil in Confiscation Proceedings ' (2017) Law Quarterly Review 217 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'R (on the application of Yam) v Central Criminal Court' (2017) Criminal Law Review 235 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'R v Brandford ' (2017) Criminal Law Review 554 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'R v Johnson ' (2017) Criminal Law Review 216 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'R v Kay; R v Joyce' (2017) Criminal Law Review 881 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'R v Turk' (2017) Criminal Law Review 649 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'R v Uddin' (2017) Criminal Law Review 976 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'R v Wilcocks ' (2017) Criminal Law Review 706 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'Schatschaschwili v Germany' (2017) Criminal Law Review 140 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird and Professor David Ormerod QC, Smith, Hogan and Ormerod's Text, Cases and Materials on Criminal Law (Oxford University Press 2017)
  • Karl Laird, 'The Criminal Finances Act 2017 – an introduction' (2017) Criminal Law Review 902
  • Karl Laird, 'A v Director of Public Prosecutions ' (2016) Lloyd's Law Reports Financial Crime 567 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'Criminalising contagion - Questioning the paradigm' in H Quirk and C Stanton (eds), Criminalising Contagion: Legal and Ethical Challenges of Disease Transmission and the Criminal Law (2016)
  • Karl Laird, 'Evaluating the Relationship Between Section 45 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the Defence of Duress: An Opportunity Missed?' (2016) Crim LR 395
  • Karl Laird, 'Filling a lacuna: the care worker and care provider offences in the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 ' (2016) Statute Law Review 1
  • Karl Laird and Professor David Ormerod QC, 'Jogee: loose ends' (2016) Counsel Magazine 29
  • Karl Laird and Professor David Ormerod QC, 'Jogee: Not the End of a Legal Saga but the Start of One?' (2016) Crim LR 539
  • Karl Laird, 'R (on the application of Collins) v Secretary of State for Justice ' (2016) Criminal Law Review 438 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'R v Harvey' (2016) Lloyd's Law Reports: Financial Crime 41 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'R v Suski' (2016) Crim LR 561 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'R v Taylor' (2016) Crim LR 367 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'Seton v UK' (2016) Criminal Law Review 653 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'The Decline of Criminal Law Causation Without Limits ' (2016) LQR 566 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'Parts 5 and 6 of the Serious Crime Act 2015: more than mere miscellany' (2015) Crim LR 789
  • Professor David Ormerod QC and Karl Laird, Smith and Hogan’'s Criminal Law (14th edn 2015)
  • Karl Laird, 'Sunil Bharti Mittal v Central Bureau of Investigation ' (2015) Lloyd's Law Reports: Financial Crime 189 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'United States v Sidorenko' (2015) Lloyd's Law Reports: Financial Crime 552 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'Confronting religion: veiled witnesses, the right to a fair trial and the Supreme Court of Canada’'s judgment in R v N.S' (2014) 77(1) MLR 123
  • Karl Laird, 'R v Golding ' (2014) Crim LR 686 [Case Note]
  • Karl Laird, 'Rapist or rogue? Deception, Consent and the Sexual Offences Act 2003' (2014) Crim LR 491
  • Professor David Ormerod QC and Karl Laird, Smith and Hogan’'s Text, Cases and Materials on Criminal Law (11th edn 2014)
  • Karl Laird, 'Conceptualising the interpretation of ‘dwelling’ in section 9 of the Theft Act 1968' (2013) Crim LR 656

Research Interests

Criminal law and the law of evidence. Public and equality law.

Options taught

Administrative Law, Criminal Law (Mods)

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