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Dr Dennis Baker

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Dennis J. Baker (MPhil, PhD Cambridge) is a Reader in English Law. Dr Baker joined the Dickson Poon School of Law in 2008, leaving the Chinese University of Hong Kong where he had taught Criminal Law and Procedure and Penal Theory on the postgraduate JD programme. He has also taught undergraduate criminal law at the University of Cambridge.

Research interests and PhD supervision

Predominantly, Dr Baker is an expert in English criminal law. A further core area of interest is philosophy of criminal law. Here, Dr Baker has written on the moral limits of the criminal law with reference to the Harm Principle, Offence Principle and Kant's Categorical Imperatives. Dr Baker has also written papers on developing constitutional rights to curb the growth of substantive criminal law.  

Areas of expertise:

  •  Jurisprudence
  •  Criminal Law Theory
  •   Equity and Trusts
  •   Human Rights 

PhD students & topics

  •  Bo Wang: Omissions Liability in English and Chinese Law
Selected publications

Books and monographs

  • Dennis J. Baker, Glanville Williams: Textbook of Criminal Law, (London: 3rd edition, Sweet & Maxwell, April. 2012).
  • Dennis J. Baker, The Right Not to be Criminalized: Demarcating Criminal Law's Authority, (London: Ashgate Applied Legal Philosophy Series, 2011 (ISBN 978-1-4094-2765-0).
  • Dennis J. Baker & Jeremy Horder (eds.), The Legacy of Glanville Williams: The Sanctity of Life and the Criminal Law, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013). 

Journal Articles United States

  • Dennis J. Baker & Lucy X. Zhao, "The Normativity of Using Prison to Control Hate Speech: The Hollowness of Waldron’s Harm Theory" (2013) 16(4) New Criminal Law Review 621.
  • Dennis J. Baker, “Complicity, Proportionality and the Serious Crime Act” (2011) 14(3) New Criminal Law Review 403.
  • Dennis J. Baker & Lucy X. Zhao, 'Responsibility Links, Fair Labeling and Proportionality in China: Comparing China's Criminal Law Theory and Doctrine,' (2009) 15(1) UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs 274-334.

Journal Articles Canada

  • Dennis J. Baker, 'The Impossiblity of a Critically Objective Criminal Law,' (2011) 56(2) McGill L. J. 349.

Journal Articles Australia and Asia

  • Dennis J. Baker, 'Punishment Without A Crime: Is Preventive Detention Reconcilable with Justice?' (2009) 34 Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 120-150.

Journal Articles United Kingdom

  • Dennis J. Baker, “Liability for Encouraging One’s Own Murder, Victims and Other Exempt Parties,” (2012) 23(3) King’s Law Journal 257–285. 

View full list of Dr Baker’s publications.



  •  Criminal Law
  •   Jurisprudence & Legal Theory
  •   Trusts  


  •  Philosophy of Criminal Law
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