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Tony Ward

Professor of Law

Department: Northumbria Law School

Having qualified as a barrister, Tony spent most of the 1980s working for INQUEST, a voluntary organisation concerned with coroners’ courts and deaths in custody.

This experience contributed to the development of his two main research interests: in the ways in which courts interpret various kinds of expert evidence; and in violence and other criminal activities by state agencies and their officials. He subsequently worked at De Montfort University (where he completed a PhD on the history of psychiatric evidence) and the University of Hull before joining Northumbria Law School in June 2016.

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0191 227 4338


PhD, Barrister, LLM, LLB

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

As a lawyer, Tony specialises in the law of evidence, with a particular focus on expert evidence and the exclusion of improperly obtained evidence. His work in this field draws on a range of disciplines, including philosophy, history and sociology.

Tony is also a criminologists specialising in state crime – violent and corrupt behaviour by governments and their officials around the world. His research focuses on the role of civil society in defining and combatting state crime.

Other scholarly and teaching interests include jurisprudence and law and literature.

Professional Activity

  • Co-Director, International State Crime Initiative (ISCI)
  • Joint Editor-in-Chief State Crime (journal of ISCI)
  • Editorial Board member, British Journal of Criminology
  • Research Associate, Institute of Applied Ethics (University of Hull)

Current/Recent Projects

State Crime and Resistance: A Comparative Study of Civil Society, Economic & Social Research Council, 2012-15 (Co-Investigator).

Key Publications

Bev Clucas, Gerry Johnstone and Tony Ward (eds.) Torture: Moral Absolutes and Ambiguities. (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2009)

Gerry Johnstone and Tony Ward, Law and Crime (London: Sage, 2009)

Penny Green and Tony Ward, ‘The Transformation of Violence in Iraq’ British Journal of Criminology 49(5) (2009): 609-627.

Penny Green and Tony Ward, ‘State Crime: A Dialectical View’ in M. Maguire, R, Morgan and R. Reiner (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (5th ed.) (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

Tony Ward and Clare Leon, ‘Excluding Evidence (or Staying Proceedings) to Vindicate Rights in Ireland, England and Wales’, Legal Studies, 35(4) (2015) 571-589

‘”A New and More Rigorous Approach” to Expert Evidence in England and Wales?’ International Journal of Evidence and Proof 19(4) (2015) 248-245

PGR Supervision

Tony is currently supervising theses on the history of infanticide; plays based on real murder trials of women; domestic violence prosecutions in Saudi Arabia; and the regulation of pornography. He has previously supervised theses on expert evidence in torture cases; international criminal procedure; and judicial independence and public opinion in China.

He would welcome applications in there areas of evidence law, state crime, criminal justice history or law and literature.

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