Biography

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.

 

 

Publications

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  • Matthew Dyson, 'Principals without distinction' [2018] Criminal Law Review 296
    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.
  • Matthew Dyson (ed), Regulating Risk Through Private Law (Intersentia 2018)
  • Matthew Dyson (ed), Blackstone’s Statutes on Criminal Law 2017-18 (27th edn Oxford University Press 2017)
    (and 26th edn, 2016-2017)
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Ever working in practice, but never in theory? The new English law of criminal complicity' (2017) 129 Zeitschrift für die gesamte Strafrechtswissenschaft 232
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Remedies of the Criminal Courts' in G Virgo and S Worthington (eds), Commercial Remedies: Resolving Controversies (Cambridge University Press 2017)
  • Matthew Dyson, 'R v. Hancock and Shankland' in P Handler, H Mares and I Williams (eds), Landmark Cases in the Criminal Law (Hart 2017)
  • Matthew Dyson, 'The smallest fault in manslaughter' (2017) 6 Archbold Review 4
  • Matthew Dyson, '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)
  • Matthew Dyson, J Lee and S Wilson (eds), Fifty Years of the Law Commissions: The Dynamics of Law Reform (Hart 2016)
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Frederick Pollock, The Law of Torts' in S Dauchy et al. (ed), The Formation and Transmission of Western Legal Culture: 150 Books that made the law in the Age of Printing (Springer 2016)
  • Matthew Dyson, 'If the present were the past' (2016) 56 American Journal of Legal History 41
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Judicial Decision-making in England Today' in J Basedow, H Fleischer & R Zimmermann (ed), Legislators, Judges, and Professors (Mohr Siebeck 2016)
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Letter to the Editor' [2016] 9 Criminal Law Review 638
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Precariousness as rhetoric: the role of the state in private and public expressions of justice' in C Lageot and N Papineau (eds), Approches franco-britanniques de la précarité: principe(s), droit(s), pratique(s) (LDGJ 2016)
  • Matthew Dyson (ed), Comparing Tort and Crime (Cambridge University Press 2015)
  • Matthew Dyson and John Randall QC, 'Criminal Convictions and the Civil Courts' (2015) 74 Cambridge Law Journal 78
  • Matthew Dyson and John Randall QC, 'England's Splendid Isolation' in M Dyson (ed), Comparing Tort and Crime (Cambridge University Press 2015)
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Introduction' in M Dyson (ed), Comparing Tort and Crime (Cambridge University Press 2015)
  • Matthew Dyson, 'La Respuesta del Derecho Civil a Sentencias Penales en Inglaterra y España' (2015) 3 InDret 1
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Might Alone Does Not Make Right: Justifying Secondary Liability' [2015] 16 Criminal Law Review 967
  • Matthew Dyson, 'The future of joint-up thinking: living in a post-accessory liability world' (2015) 79 Journal of Criminal Law 181
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Tort and Crime' in M Bussani and A Sebok (eds), Comparative Tort Law: Global Perspectives  (Edward Elgar 2015)
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Tortious Apples and Criminal Oranges' in M Dyson (ed), Comparing Tort and Crime (Cambridge University Press 2015)
  • Matthew Dyson and Kourosh Saeb-Parsy et al., 'Transplanting suboptimal organs: medicolegal implications' (2015) 386 Lancet 369
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Disentangling and Organising Tort and Crime' in M Dyson (ed), Unravelling Tort and Crime (Cambridge University Press 2014)
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Divide and Conquer: Using Legal Domains in Comparative Legal Studies' in G Helleringer and K Purnhagen (eds), Towards a European Legal Culture (Hart; Beck Nomos 2014)
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Scrapping Khan? The Court of Appeal and intending all you attempt' [2014] Criminal Law Review 445
  • Matthew Dyson and Sarah Green, 'The Properties of the Law: Restoring Personal Property through Crime and Tort' in M Dyson (ed), Unravelling Tort and Crime (Cambridge University Press 2014)
  • Matthew Dyson (ed), Unravelling Tort and Crime (Cambridge University Press 2014)
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Challenging the Orthodoxy of Crime's Precedence over Tort: Suspending a Tort Claim Where a Crime May Exist' in E Chamberlain, J W Neyers and G A Pitel (eds), Challenging Orthodoxy in Tort Law (Hart 2013)
  • Matthew Dyson (ed), Law and Legal Process: Substantive Law and Procedure in English Legal History (Cambridge University Press 2013)
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Symposium on Legal Domains and Comparative Law. Wheels Within Wheels: Using Legal Domains for Domestic Comparative Law' (2013) 17 The Edinburgh Law Review 42
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Civil Law Responses to Criminal Judgments in England and Spain' (2012) 3 Journal of European Tort Law 308
  • Matthew Dyson, 'The Timing of Tortious and Criminal Actions for the Same Wrong' (2012) 71 Cambridge Law Journal 85
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Paula Giliker, Vicarious Liability in Tort: A Comparative Perspective (CUP)' (2011) ICLQ 1096 [Review]
  • Matthew Dyson, 'M Dougan and S Currie (eds), 50 Years of the European Treaties Looking Back and Thinking Forward (Hart)' (2010) Cambridge Law Journal 678 [Review]
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Public Order on the Internet' (2010) 2 Archbold Review 6
  • Matthew Dyson, 'R. v. Thompson and Mendez' (2010) EWCA Crim 516 Cambridge Law Journal 425 [Case Note]
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Connecting Tort and Crime: Comparative Legal History in England and Spain since 1850' (2009) 11 Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies 247
  • Matthew Dyson, 'D Beyleveld and R Brownsword, Consent in the Law (OUP)' (2008) Cambridge Law Journal 215 [Review]
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Mark van Hoecke (ed.), Epistemology and Methodology of Comparative Law (Hart)' (2007) Cambridge Law Journal 237 [Review]
  • Matthew Dyson, 'R. v Rahman [2007] EWCA Crim 342: Fundamental Similarity in Secondary Liability' (2007) 4 Archbold Review 4
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Legrand and Munday (eds) Comparative Legal Studies: Traditions and Transitions (CUP)' (2005) 1 Cambridge Student Law Review 74 [Review]
  • Matthew Dyson, 'Martin Loughlin, The Idea of Public Law (OUP)' (2005) Cambridge Law Journal 503 [Review]
  • Matthew Dyson, 'R. v. Rimmington; R. v. Goldstein' (2005) UKHL Cambridge Law Journal [Case Note]

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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.

Publications

Edited Books

[2018] Regulating Risk through Private Law (Intersentia)

[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).

 

Articles

[2018] "Principals without distinction" [2018] Crim LR 293-320.

[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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