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Prof Tony Ward


Department: Northumbria Law School

Tony Ward joined Northumbria in 2016 having previously worked at the University of Hull and De Montfort University Leicester. His interests as a legal scholar focus on the law of evidence and in particular expert evidence, including historical and philosophical perspectives on experts. He is also a criminologist specialising in state crime. i.e. violence and corruption by governments and officials. He is Co-Director of the International State Crime Initiative and one of the Editors-in-Chief of its journal State Crime. He is co-author with Penny Green of State Crime: Governments, Violence and Corruption (Pluto 2004) and State Crime and Civil Activism (Routledge, 2019), and with Gerry Johnstone of Law and Crime (Sage 2010)  

Tony Ward

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Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Expert evidence, human trafficking, state crime, law and literature.

Key Publications

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  • Expert Evidence, Hearsay and Victims of Trafficking: R v Brecani [2021] EWCA Crim 731, Mennim, S., Ward, T. 15 Sep 2021, In: Journal of Criminal Law
  • Arguments and Stories in Legal Reasoning: The Case of Evidence Law, Andresani, G., Ward, T. 1 Jan 2020, In: Archiv fur Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie
  • Explaining and trusting expert evidence: What is a ‘sufficiently reliable scientific basis’?, Ward, T. 1 Jul 2020, In: International Journal of Evidence and Proof
  • Comment on Guidance on the Preparation, Admission and Examination of Expert Evidence, Wortley, N., Ward, T. 18 Mar 2019, In: Criminal Law Week
  • Committal of an Expert Witness for Contempt of Court: Liverpool Victoria Insurance Co. Ltd v Zafar [2019] EWCA Civ 392, Ward, T., Jackson, A. 1 Jun 2019, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • Human Trafficking, Vulnerability and the State, Fouladvand, S., Ward, T. Feb 2019, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • State Crime and Civil Activism: On the Dialectics of Repression and Resistance, Green, P., Ward, T. 24 Apr 2019
  • Admissibility, reliability and common law epistemology, Ward, T. 30 Nov 2018, Forensic Science Evidence and Expert Witness Testimony, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar
  • Assessing concurrent expert evidence, Edmond, G., Ferguson, A., Ward, T. 1 Jul 2018, In: Civil Justice Quarterly
  • Ethics and the Role of the Expert Witness, Ward, T. 22 Jan 2018, The Expert Witness, Forensic Science, and the Criminal Justice Systems of the UK, Taylor & Francis

PGR Supervision

  • Marco Palladino Technology Law: a critical analysis of the contemporary legislative framework Start Date: 17/06/2021
  • James Gray Literature, Creative Writing and the Phenomenology of Law Start Date: 19/01/2017 End Date: 15/07/2020
  • Kevwe Omoragbon A critical evaluation of the use of the portfolio as an effective form of assessment in clinical legal education Start Date: 20/03/2017 End Date: 01/06/2018
  • Christopher Sangster Representing Wildlife in Legal Proceedings: An Exploration of the Badger Cull in England and Wales Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Jessica Horton The Legal and Moral Status of Service Dogs in England & Wales Start Date: 01/10/2018


  • Law PhD June 01 2016
  • Member Honourable Society of Gray's Inn 2016

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