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. Download the Law Commission report, Murder, Manslaughter and Infanticide.
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.
- LAW4002 Criminal Law
Key publications since 2013
- W. Wilson and D. Ormerod, "Simply Harsh to Fairly Simple"  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
- Member of the Criminal Justice Centre (CJC)
- Rules governing Joint Enterprise Liability in murder should be revised, says Professor William Wilson
23 April 2015
- Professor William Wilson's monograph , 'Central Issues in Criminal Theory', translated by Professor Xie Wangyuan of Renmin University
20 October 2014
- Professor William Wilson: 'It's time to review our laws' Justice Akamba
5 April 2013