I came to the Faculty and to Corpus Christi in 2016, having previously been a Fellow in Law and Director of Studies at Trinity College, Cambridge (2011-2016) and Jesus College, Cambridge (2008-11). I'm lucky to be associate member of 6KBW College Hill, Chambers specialising in criminal law and related areas of public and civil law. Two other roles I have are as a Research Fellow of the Utrecht Centre for Accountability and Liability Law and as a Vice President of the European Society for Comparative Legal History. I have held visiting positions at institutions including the Universities of Cape Town, Iowa, Sao Paulo, Göttingen, Sydney and the Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Private Law, Hamburg.
I specialise in the criminal law, tort law, and the relationship between the two. My work is often historical and comparative. My publications are available in chronological order under the Publications tab of this website, but available more accessibly under the "Interests" tab. I am currently on the advisory boards of Comparative Legal History, GLOSSAE, the American Journal of Legal History (Book Review Editor, Non-American books) and the intentional advisory boards of the Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht and the Zeitschrift für Internationale Strafrechtsdogmatik. Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss any aspects of them (broadly, comparative legal history, legal history, private law and criminal law).
Everyone with the necessary application, reasoning ability and communication skills should feel that Oxford is the kind of place they could study law, if they want. If you are a potential applicant, I might be fortunate enough to meet you around the country or in Oxford at an access or admissions event. To find out more about such activities in Oxford, there are more details on the Faculty's access pages, available here, and on Corpus Christi College's law pages, including the weekly entries in our law diary, available here.
- Participation in criminal offences has too many uncertainties, many of which are ignored rather than solved by the modern law. Recent cases in complicity ( Jogee ; Ruddock in the UKSC, Miller in the HCA and Chan Kam Shing in the HKCFA) have diverged on whether, and if so, how, to draw traditional distinctions affecting principalship and complicity. Three possible distinctions are particularly important: (1) between a principal offender and an accomplice; (2) between individual crimes: whether it should be substantively easier to convict parties to further crimes beyond a first? (3) between fault elements, most importantly, intention, foresight of a risk, and the role of future conditions. Our view on those distinctions in turn ties into wider principles across the criminal law. For a coherent criminal law, we must understand not only each distinction, and how they stack together, but how lawyers have disagreed, and continue to disagree, about them.(and 26th edn, 2016-2017)
The core research interest of Matt's work has been the relationship between criminal law and tort law since around 1850 in around 10 legal systems.
He welcomes research proposals on criminal law, tort law, legal history and comparative law.
 Regulating Risk through Private Law (Intersentia)
 Blackstone’s Statutes on Criminal Law 2017-18 ( and earlier edition, 2016-2017)
 (with J. Lee & S. Wilson Stark) Fifty Years of the Law Commissions: The Dynamics of Law Reform (Hart).
 Comparing Tort and Crime (CUP).
 Unravelling Tort and Crime (CUP).
 (with D. Ibbetson) Law and Legal Process: Substantive Law and Procedure in English Legal History (CUP).
 "Principals without distinction"  Crim LR 293-320.
 “Ever working in practice, but never in theory? The new English law of criminal complicity”  Zeitschrift für die gesamte Strafrechtswissenschaft 232-263.
 “If the present were the past”  American Journal of Legal History 41-52.
 “Might Alone Does Not Make Right: Justifying Secondary Liability”  Criminal Law Review 967-985.
 “La Respuesta del Derecho Civil a Sentencias Penales en Inglaterra y España” InDret 3/2015, 1-53.
 “The future of joint-up thinking: living in a post-accessory liability world” (2015) 79 Journal of Criminal law 181-197.
 with John Randall QC, “Criminal Convictions and the Civil Courts”  CLJ 78-108.
(2012) “Civil Law Responses to Criminal Judgments in England and Spain” (2012) 3 Journal of European Tort Law 308-345.
 “The Timing of Tortious and Criminal Actions for the Same Wrong”  CLJ 85-116.
 Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies 247-288: “Connecting Tort and Crime: Comparative Legal History in England and Spain since 1850”.
 “Remedies of the Criminal Courts” in G. Virgo and S. Worthington (eds), Commercial Remedies: Resolving Controversies (CUP).
 “The State’s obligation to provide a coherent system of remedies across crime and tort” in A. du Bois-Pedain et al. (ed) Criminal Law and the Authority of the State (Hart).
 “R v. Hancock and Shankland” in P. Handler, H. Mares and I. Williams (eds), Landmark Cases in the Criminal Law (Hart).
 “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).
 “Precariousness as rhetoric: the role of the state in private and public expressions of justice” in C. Lageot & N. Papineau (eds), Approches franco-britanniques de la précarité: principe(s), droit(s), pratique(s) (LGDJ).
 “Judicial Decision-making in England Today” in J. Basedow, H. Fleischer & R. Zimmermann (eds) Legislators, Judges, and Professors (Mohr Siebeck)
 “Tort and Crime” in Mauro Bussani & Antony Sebok (eds), Comparative Tort Law: Global Perspectives (Edward Elgar) 93-121.
 Introduction, in M Dyson (ed), Comparing Tort and Crime (CUP) 1-17.
 with John Randall QC, “England’s Splendid Isolation”, in M Dyson (ed), Comparing Tort and Crime (CUP) 18-72.
 “Tortious Apples and Criminal Oranges” in M Dyson (ed), Comparing Tort and Crime (CUP) 416-475.
 “Disentangling and Organising Tort and Crime” in Dyson (ed), Unravelling Tort and Crime (CUP) 389-421.
 with Sarah Green, “The Properties of the Law: Restoring Personal Property through Crime and Tort” in Dyson (ed), Unravelling Tort and Crime (CUP).
 “Divide and Conquer: Using Legal Domains in Comparative Legal Studies” in Helleringer & Purnhagen (eds), Towards a European Legal Culture (Hart, Beck Nomos).
 “Challenging the Orthodoxy of Crime's Precedence over Tort: Suspending a Tort Claim Where a Crime May Exist” in Chamberlain, Neyers & Pitel (eds), Challenging Orthodoxy in Tort Law (Hart).
 ‘The smallest fault in manslaughter’  Archbold Review, vol 6, 4-6
 Letter to the editor  Crim LR 638-642.
 with Kourosh Saeb-Parsy et al. “Transplanting suboptimal organs: medicolegal implications” Lancet 2015, 386: 369-371.
 Criminal Law Review “Scrapping Khan? The Court of Appeal and intending all you attempt”  Crim LR 445-450.
 “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.
(2010) “Public Order on the Internet” (2010) 2 Archbold Review 6-9.
(2007) “R. v Rahman  EWCA Crim 342: Fundamental Similarity in Secondary Liability” (2007) 4 Archbold News 4-6.
 CLJ 196-199 R. v. Jogee; Ruddock v The Queen  UKSC 8; UKPC 7.
 CLJ 425-428, R. v. Thompson and Mendez  EWCA Crim 516.
 CLJ 10-13, R. v. Rimmington; R. v. Goldstein  UKHL 63.
(2011) ICLQ 1096-1098, Paula Giliker Vicarious Liability in Tort: A Comparative Perspective, CUP, 2010.
 CLJ 678, M. Dougan & S. Currie (eds) 50 Years of the European Treaties Looking Back and Thinking Forward, Hart, 2009.
 CLJ 215-216, D. Beyleveld & R. Brownsword Consent in the Law, OUP, 2007.
 CLJ 237-238, Mark van Hoecke (ed.) Epistemology and Methodology of Comparative Law, Hart, 2004.
 CLJ 503-504, Martin Loughlin The Idea of Public Law, OUP, 2003.
(2005) 1 Cambridge Student Law Review 74-78, Legrand & Munday (eds) Comparative Legal Studies: Traditions and Transitions, CUP, 2003.