Karl Laird

Lecturer in Law, St Edmund Hall

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Oxford Human Rights Hub


Karl Laird, BCL (Oxon) LLB (Lond) is currently a Stipendiary Lecturer and Tutor in Law at St Edmund Hall. His research interests are in criminal law and the law of evidence, in addition to related areas of public law. He also teaches a course on statutory interpretation at the University of Cambridge and has previously taught at the University of Bristol and at the LSE.  He is the author of numerous publications, including Smith and Hogan's Criminal Law, and is a contributor to Montgomery and Ormerod: Fraud Law and Practice. Karl writes commentaries for the Criminal Law Review and Lloyd's Law Reports: Financial Crime and is responsbile for the chapter in Blackstone's Criminal Practice which deals with bribery and corruption.  He has lectured widely, including to the judiciary, the CPS, the Whitehall Prosecutors' Group and the Hong Kong Department of Justice. He is a practising barrister at 6KBW College Hill and is a special adviser to Jonathan Hall QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. 

Research Interests

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