Matt Dyson 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) and prior to that, a PhD and BA student at Downing College, Cambridge. He is an associate member of 6KBW College Hill, a leading set of Barristers' Chambers specialising in criminal law and related areas of public and civil law. He is also a Research Fellow of the Utrecht Centre for Accountability and Liability Law and a Vice President of the European Society for Comparative Legal History. He has held visiting positions at institutions including the University of Cape Town, the University of Iowa, the University of Sao Paulo, the University of Göttingen, the University of Sydney and the Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Private Law, Hamburg.





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Research Interests

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.


Edited Books

[2017] Blackstone’s Statutes on Criminal Law 2017-18 ( and earlier edition, 2016-2017)

[2016] (with J. Lee & S. Wilson Stark) Fifty Years of the Law Commissions: The Dynamics of Law Reform (Hart).

[2015] Comparing Tort and Crime (CUP).

[2014] Unravelling Tort and Crime (CUP).

[2013] (with D. Ibbetson) Law and Legal Process: Substantive Law and Procedure in English Legal History (CUP).



[2017] “Ever working in practice, but never in theory? The new English law of criminal complicity” [2017] Zeitschrift für die gesamte Strafrechtswissenschaft 232-263.

[2016] “If the present were the past” [2016] American Journal of Legal History 41-52.

[2015] “Might Alone Does Not Make Right: Justifying Secondary Liability” [2015] Criminal Law Review 967-985.

[2015] “La Respuesta del Derecho Civil a Sentencias Penales en Inglaterra y España” InDret 3/2015, 1-53.

[2015] “The future of joint-up thinking: living in a post-accessory liability world” (2015) 79 Journal of Criminal law 181-197.

[2015] with John Randall QC, “Criminal Convictions and the Civil Courts” [2015] CLJ 78-108.

(2012) “Civil Law Responses to Criminal Judgments in England and Spain” (2012) 3 Journal of European Tort Law 308-345.

[2012] “The Timing of Tortious and Criminal Actions for the Same Wrong” [2012] CLJ 85-116.

[2009] Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies 247-288: “Connecting Tort and Crime: Comparative Legal History in England and Spain since 1850”.


Book Chapters

[2017] “Remedies of the Criminal Courts” in G. Virgo and S. Worthington (eds), Commercial Remedies: Resolving Controversies (CUP).

[2017] “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).

[2017] “R v. Hancock and Shankland” in P. Handler, H. Mares and I. Williams (eds), Landmark Cases in the Criminal Law (Hart).

[2017] “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).

[2016] “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).

[2016] “Judicial Decision-making in England Today” in J. Basedow, H. Fleischer & R. Zimmermann (eds) Legislators, Judges, and Professors (Mohr Siebeck)

 [2015] “Tort and Crime” in Mauro Bussani & Antony Sebok (eds), Comparative Tort Law: Global Perspectives (Edward Elgar) 93-121.

[2015] Introduction, in M Dyson (ed), Comparing Tort and Crime (CUP) 1-17.

[2015] with John Randall QC, “England’s Splendid Isolation”, in M Dyson (ed), Comparing Tort and Crime (CUP) 18-72.

[2015] “Tortious Apples and Criminal Oranges” in M Dyson (ed), Comparing Tort and Crime (CUP) 416-475.

[2014] “Disentangling and Organising Tort and Crime” in Dyson (ed), Unravelling Tort and Crime (CUP) 389-421.

[2014] with Sarah Green, “The Properties of the Law: Restoring Personal Property through Crime and Tort” in Dyson (ed), Unravelling Tort and Crime (CUP).

[2014] “Divide and Conquer: Using Legal Domains in Comparative Legal Studies” in Helleringer & Purnhagen (eds), Towards a European Legal Culture (Hart, Beck Nomos).

[2013] “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).


Shorter Articles

[2017] ‘The smallest fault in manslaughter’ [2017] Archbold Review, vol 6, 4-6

[2016] Letter to the editor [2016] Crim LR 638-642.

[2015] with Kourosh Saeb-Parsy et al. “Transplanting suboptimal organs: medicolegal implications” Lancet 2015, 386: 369-371.

[2014] Criminal Law Review “Scrapping Khan? The Court of Appeal and intending all you attempt” [2014] Crim LR 445-450.

[2013] “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 [2007] EWCA Crim 342: Fundamental Similarity in Secondary Liability” (2007) 4 Archbold News 4-6.


Case Notes

[2016] CLJ 196-199 R. v. Jogee; Ruddock v The Queen [2016] UKSC 8; UKPC 7.

[2010] CLJ 425-428, R. v. Thompson and Mendez [2010] EWCA Crim 516.

[2006] CLJ 10-13, R. v. Rimmington; R. v. Goldstein [2005] UKHL 63.


Book Reviews

(2011) ICLQ 1096-1098, Paula Giliker Vicarious Liability in Tort: A Comparative Perspective, CUP, 2010.

[2010] CLJ 678, M. Dougan & S. Currie (eds) 50 Years of the European Treaties Looking Back and Thinking Forward, Hart, 2009.

[2008] CLJ 215-216, D. Beyleveld & R. Brownsword Consent in the Law, OUP, 2007.

[2007] CLJ 237-238, Mark van Hoecke (ed.) Epistemology and Methodology of Comparative Law, Hart, 2004.

[2005] 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.

Options taught

Tort, Criminal Law (Mods), A Roman Introduction to Private Law

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