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Prof Bob Sullivan
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  • Emeritus Professor of Law
  • Faculty of Laws
Bob Sullivan joined the Faculty of Laws in 2007, having previously held chairs in the universities of Birmingham and Durham. He is principally known for his work in criminal law and criminal law theory but he is also research active in the areas of corporate legal and social responsibility and criminal law/civil law responses to commercial fraud and corruption. He has frequently been consulted by the Law Commission of England and Wales on a wide range of matters relating to the criminal law and by the Serious Fraud Office, the Home Office, and the International Chamber of Commerce on issues relating to fraud, corruption and corporate criminal liability. His work is often cited in appellate courts here and overseas. He has lectured and given seminars at many conferences abroad and will deliver papers on legal responses to terrorist emergencies in Jerusalem 2008 and the conduct element in homicide, Singapore 2009.
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Research Summary
In recent years Bob Sullivan’s major publications have been in the domain of criminal law theory. He has recently published (with Andrew Simester) Criminal Law: Theory and Doctrine (3rd edn, Hart Publishing 2007), a critically acclaimed work which integrates theory and doctrine across the domain of the substantive criminal law. Other publications in criminal law theory include papers on the possibility of doctrinal coherence in the criminal law, the mental states of knowledge and belief as terms of criminal culpability, the human rights implications of strict liability, the nature and rationale of property offences and the culpability of accomplices. More doctrinally based articles include critiques of Law Commission proposals relating to corporate manslaughter, complicity, and inchoate offences of encouraging and assisting crime.

His principal work in progress is a monograph for Hart Publishing, Doing and Sharing Wrongs where the argument will be made that the doctrine of complicity can be dispensed with, bringing doctrinal gains in elegance and economy, without loss of any of the expressive, retributive and deterrent resources of the criminal law.

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Criminal Law Doctrine (Graduate)
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