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

  • Provost's Chair
  • Executive Committee Member, Centre for Legal Theory
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Office Address

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

Legal Philosophy
Criminal Law

Subjects Taught

Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Law
Graduate Research Seminar

Brief Biodata

A graduate of Auckland and Oxford, Professor Simester joined NUS in 2006 from the UK, where he taught at Cambridge and Nottingham. In recognition of his research in criminal law and theory, he was elected in 2007 to a Fellowship at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, and to Honorary Professorships at Oxford and at Uppsala University, Sweden. Since 2015, he has held the Edmund-Davies Chair in Criminal Law at King's College London, teaching there on a part-time basis. 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.

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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