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School of Law

Professor William Wilson, LLM (Manc) MA (Middx), Barrister (Grays Inn)


Emeritus Professor

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 3966
Room Number: Mile End


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Professor William Wilson’s primary research focus is criminal law and theory. He is interested in the role of limit cases, hypotheticals and inchoate law in legal reasoning and legal development.

Professor Wilson has published widely in the field of homicide law and criminal defences. He has advised the Home Office and was an adviser to the Law Commission in their review of homicide and inchoate offences.

He is currently researching preparatory offences.

He is an associate editor of the New Criminal Law Review (formerly Buffalo Criminal Law review).

Professor Wilson was Head of the Department of Law from 2004-2008.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • LAW4002 Criminal Law



Key publications since 2013

  • W. Wilson and D. Ormerod, "Simply Harsh to Fairly Simple" [2015] Crim. L.R. 3-22
  • 'Criminal Law: Doctrine and Theory', fifth edition (Longmans, 2014)
  • ‘How Criminal Defences Work’ in Alan Reed (Author), Michael Bohlander eds. General Defences in Criminal Law (Substantive Issues in Criminal Law) 1-20
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