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Professor Andrew Simester

Professor Andrew Simester

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Edmund Davies Professor of Criminal Law

Research subject areas

  • Law

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Andrew Simester took up the Edmund-Davies Chair in Criminal Law at King's  in 2015. He also holds the Provost’s Chair in Law at the National University of Singapore. A graduate of the Universities of Auckland and Oxford, he also holds a Honorary Doctorate from Uppsala University in Sweden, awarded in recognition of his writings in criminal law and theory. Andrew has held Visiting Professorships at both Oxford and Uppsala, and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Criminology in Cambridge. His s main interests lie in the fields of legal philosophy and criminal law, and he has published in these areas across every major common law jurisdiction.

Research interests

Criminal Law and Theory; Legal Philosophy; Private Law Theory.

Selected publications 

  • A.P. Simester and G.R. Sullivan, Criminal Law: Theory and Doctrine (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2000; now in its seventh edition).
  • A.P. Simester and A. von Hirsch, Crimes, Harm, and Wrongs: On the Principles of Criminalisation (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2011).
  • J.R. Edwards and A.P. Simester, “Crime, Blameworthiness, and Outcomes” (2019) 39 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 50.
  • A.P. Simester, “Causation in (Criminal) Law” (2017) 133 Law Quarterly Review 416.
  • A.P. Simester, “A Disintegrated Theory of Culpability” in D. Baker and J. Horder (eds.), The Sanctity of Life and the Criminal Law: The Legacy of Glanville Williams (Cambridge: CUP, 2013) 178.

See Professor Simester's Research Portal profile for full details of his research.