D.Phil (Oxford), B.Com., LL.B. (Auckland)

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Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
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Singapore 259776
Research Interests

Legal Philosophy
Criminal Law

Subjects Taught

Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Law
Graduate Research Seminar

Brief Biodata

After completing his doctorate at Oxford, Professor Simester taught in England at the Universities of Cambridge, Birmingham, and Nottingham, before joining NUS in 2006. In recognition of his research in criminal law and theory, he was elected in 2007 to a Fellowship at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, where he is also Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Criminology. Professor Simester's main interests lie in the fields of legal philosophy, criminal law, and restitution, and he has published in these areas in every major common law jurisdiction. His books include (with G.R. Sullivan) Criminal Law: Theory and Doctrine; (with W.J. Brookbanks) Principles of Criminal Law; as well as four edited collections.

Representative Publications

1. A.P. Simester and A. von Hirsch, Crimes, Harms, and Wrongs: On the Principles of Criminalisation (Oxford: Hart, 2011) xix, 237 pp.

2. A.P. Simester and G.R. Sullivan, Criminal Law: Theory and Doctrine (Oxford: Hart, 2000; 2nd ed, 2003; 3rd ed, 2007; 4th ed, 2010) lxxxiii, 868 pp.

3. A.P. Simester, "On Justifications and Excuses" in L. Zedner and J. Roberts (eds.), Principled Approaches to Criminal Law and Criminal Justice: Essays in Honour of Andrew Ashworth (Oxford: OUP, 2012) 95-112.

4. A.P. Simester (ed.), Appraising Strict Liability (Oxford: OUP, 2005) xii, 286 pp.

5. A.P. Simester and W.M.F. Chan, "Inducing Breach of Contract - One Tort or Two?" (2004) 63 Cambridge Law Journal 132-165.

6. 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).

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