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Dr Nicola Wake

Associate Professor of Law Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies, Deputy Director

Department: Northumbria Law School

Dr Nicola Wake is Associate Professor in Law, and Deputy Director for the Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies. Nicola has published widely on mental condition defences, holds several editorial positions, and has secured funding from prestigious providers.  Nicola is a research mentor to academic colleagues, and supervises a number of PhD students.

Nicola joined the law school in 2012, having previously worked at the University of Sunderland. Nicola teaches across a number of modules, and is experienced in programme leadership, programme (re)validation processes, and external examining.

Campus Address

Room CCE1-314
City Campus East

(0191) 227 7841


PhD, PG Cert (TLHE), G.PLL, LL.B (Hons) First Class

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Mental Condition Defences; Human Trafficking

Professional Activity

Nicola teaches Criminal Law, and Approaches to Law and Lawyering Skills.

Current/Recent Projects

Leverhulme Trust Funded Visiting Professorship: Warren Brookbanks  (2017-2018).

Key Publications

Wake, Nicola (2017) Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery: When Victims Kill. Criminal Law Review, 9. pp. 658-677. ISSN 0011-135X

Wake, Nicola and Reed, Alan (2016) Comparative perspectives on criminal justice reforms. Journal of International and Comparative Law, 3 (2). ISSN 2313-3775

Wake, Nicola and Reed, Alan (2016) Reconceptualising the Contours of Self-defence in the Context of Vulnerable Offenders: a Response to the New Zealand Law Commission. Journal of International and Comparative Law, 3 (2). ISSN 2313-3775

Wake, Nicola (2015) ‘His home is his castle. And mine is a cage’: a new partial defence for primary victims who kill. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 66 (2). pp. 149-175. ISSN 0029-3105

Wake, Nicola (2015) Anglo-Antipodean perspectives on the positive restriction model and abolition of the provocation defence. In: Mental Condition Defences and the Criminal Justice System: Perspectives from Law and Medicine. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 365-405. ISBN 9781443871617

Loughnan, Arlie and Wake, Nicola (2014) Of blurred boundaries and prior fault: Insanity, automatism and intoxication. In: General Defences in Criminal Law: Domestic and Comparative Perspectives. Substantive Issues in Criminal Law . Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 113-132. ISBN 9781472433374

PGR Supervision

  • Currently PhD first/second supervisor to seven PhD students on Mental Condition Defences and the Age of Criminal Responsibility.
  • Applications welcome on Mental Condition Defences; Human Trafficking; and the Age of Criminal Responsibility.
  • Requests to act as a PhD external examiner welcomed.


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