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Prof Michael Stockdale

Head of Department

Department: Northumbria Law School

Michael was born in 1961 in Consett, County Durham, England.  His primary education was in the village schools in Leadgate near Consett and his secondary education was at Greencroft Comprehensive, Stanley, County Durham.  In 1979 he enrolled on the undergraduate law programme at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University) graduating with first class honours.  In 1983 he enrolled as a PhD student at Newcastle Polytechnic, obtaining a major state studentship awarded on a competitive basis by the British Academy, whilst commencing lecturing duties on a part time basis.  On obtaining a full time lecturing post in 1986 he transferred his PhD to a part time registration and was awarded a PhD in 1991, being promoted to senior lecturer in the same year.

His teaching initially covered a range of subject areas but he began to specialise in evidence in 1986 and for many years this has been his sole teaching area. He has taught on a wide variety of the Law School’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and supervises doctoral students.   

He has performed  a variety of administrative roles in the Law School, being promoted to Principal Lecturer in 2008 and Professor in 2017, and Has been Head of Law since 2016. He is also Director of the University’s Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies, which has a wide range of domestic and international members, both academics and practitioners from various areas of the domestic and international criminal justice system.

He has published extensively on evidence in a variety of journals and is currently contributing editor (evidence) in Archbold Magistrates Courts Practice, a leading practitioner text.

He was Principal Investigator responsible for a major research project relating to fingerprint evidence which is funded by the European Commission and a co-investigator in relation to a European Commission funded project relating to DNA evidence. He is currently engaged with Rebecca Mitchell, an Associate Professor in the Law School, in a research project concerning legal professional privilege in the corporate context.


Law PhD August 31 1991

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Legal Advice Privilege and Artificial Legal Intelligence, Stockdale, M., Mitchell, R. 1 Oct 2019, In: The International Journal of Evidence & Proof
  • Legal Professional Privilege in Corporate Criminal Investigations, Stockdale, M., Mitchell, R. 1 Aug 2018, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • Northumbria University Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies (NCECJS) – Written evidence (FRS0038), Wilson, T., Stockdale, M., Jackson, A., Carr, S., Davies, G., Piasecki, E. 14 Sep 2018
  • Reliability by Procedural Rule Reform, Stockdale, M. 30 Nov 2018, Forensic Science Evidence and Expert Witness Testimony, Cheltenham UK, Edward Elgar
  • The crime-fraud exception in Anglo-American jurisprudence: comparative dimensions and optimal reform proposals in the taxation context, Mitchell, R., Stockdale, M. 13 Mar 2017, In: British Tax Review
  • Admissibility of Evidence of Co-defendant’s Bad Character under s. 101(1)(e) Criminal Justice Act 2003: Irrelevance of Common Law Authorities R v Platt [2016] EWCA Crim 4, Stockdale, M., Shanks, A. Apr 2016, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • Admissibility of third party previous convictions under PACE s.74, Stockdale, M. 7 Oct 2016, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • Bad Character Evidence in the Criminal Trial: the English Statutory/Common Law Dichotomy--Anglo-Australian Perspectives, Stockdale, M., Smith, E., San Rogue, M. 1 Dec 2016, In: Journal of International and Comparative Law
  • Discretion to exclude hearsay evidence under s.126 Criminal Justice Act 2003: R v Drinkwater [2016] EWCA Crim 16, Stockdale, M. Jun 2016, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • Expert Evidence and the Crim PR/PD, Stockdale, M., Jackson, A. 28 Oct 2016

PGR Supervision

  • Sophie Carr Expert evidence in criminal proceedings: what steps should be taken to enhance the transparency of forensic science evidence and thus facilitate a more rigorous and effective assessment of its reliability? Start: 01/03/2016
  • Sophie Carr Expert evidence in criminal proceedings: what steps should be taken to enhance the transparency of forensic science evidence and thus facilitate a more rigorous and effective assessment of its reliability? Start: 01/03/2016
  • Brian Brewis "Sexual Behaviour Evidence": A Critical Examination of Section 41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 Start: 01/11/2010


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