Skip navigation

Prof Alan Reed


Department: Northumbria Law School

He was awarded the Herbert Smith prize for Conflict of Laws and the Dr.Lancey Prize. Cambridge University awarded him a full Holland Scholarship to facilitate study in the United States and he obtained an LLM Master of Laws (comparative law) at the University of Virginia. After completion of the Law Society finals at Northumbria, he spent three years in practice in London at Addleshaw Goddard, and also acted as a Tutor in Law at Trinity College, Cambridge. He spent seven years at Leeds University Law School, specialising in criminal and private international law, and was then engaged as Professor of Criminal and Private International Law at Sunderland University.

Prof Alan led the RAE Strategy group that made all determinative inclusionary and policy decisions across nineteen units of assessment, and acted as Director of Research for the Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism. In April 2012 he was appointed Associate Dean(Research and Innovation) and Professor of Law at Northumbria University. He has published over 180 monographs, textbooks and articles in the substantive arena in leading journals in England, Australia, Florida and Los Angeles, and since 2005 has been entered in Who’s Who in American Law, and acts as Editor of The Journal of Criminal Law.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Lived Experiences, Bodily Autonomy and the Framing of Criminal Responsibility, Ashford, C., Reed, A. 1 Dec 2020, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • Contemporary issues in legal education, Reed, A., Hall, E. 1 Jun 2018, In: Journal of International and Comparative Law
  • Homicide in Criminal Law: A Research Companion, Reed, A., Bohlander, M., Wake, N., Engleby, E., Adams, V. 3 Sep 2018
  • Reforming English homicide law: fair labelling questions and comparative answers, Gibson, M., Reed, A. 15 May 2018, Homicide in Criminal Law, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Caveat Amator: Transmission of HIV and the parameters of consent and bad character evidence, Reed, A., Smith, E. 28 Oct 2016, Consent: Domestic and Comparative Perspectives, Abingdon, Taylor & Francis
  • Comparative perspectives on criminal justice reforms, Wake, N., Reed, A. 23 Nov 2016, In: Journal of International and Comparative Law
  • Consent: Domestic and comparative perspectives, Reed, A., Bohlander, M., Wake, N., Smith, E. 28 Oct 2016
  • Criminalisation of HIV Transmission: Anglo-North-American Comparative Perspectives and Optimal Reforms to Failure of Proof Defences, Hughes, D., Reed, A. 1 Nov 2016, Legal Perspectives on State Power: Consent and Control, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Legal Perspectives on State Power: Consent and Control, Ashford, C., Reed, A., Wake, N. 1 Nov 2016
  • Reconceptualising the Contours of Self-defence in the Context of Vulnerable Offenders: a Response to the New Zealand Law Commission, Wake, N., Reed, A. 23 Nov 2016, In: Journal of International and Comparative Law

PGR Supervision

  • Amanda Clough The Place of Loss of Self-Control in Modern Homicide Law - A Comparative Study of Avenues, Reasons and Rationale for Change Start Date: 21/06/2012 End Date: 06/10/2015
  • David Hughes A Comparative Jurisdictional Analysis of the Criminalisation of the Sexual Transmission/Exposure of HIV: A New Legislative Framework Start Date: 22/06/2012 End Date: 25/02/2016
  • Elizabeth Stuart-Cole Dual Diagnosis, Insanity and Diminished Responsibility. Start Date: 16/10/2020
  • Lauren Clayton-Helm Marriage And The Question Of Validity: A Comparative Reformulation Of Essential Validity Precepts To Establish Certainty For Couples Via Optimal Choice Of Law Rules Start Date: 01/10/2013 End Date: 14/12/2017


Law LLM September 01 1989

a sign in front of a crowd

Northumbria Open Days

Open Days are a great way for you to get a feel of the University, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the course(s) you are interested in.

Research at Northumbria

Research at Northumbria

Research is the life blood of a University and at Northumbria University we pride ourselves on research that makes a difference; research that has application and affects people's lives.

a person sitting at a table

Order your prospectus

If you would like to know more about our courses, or life in general as a student at Northumbria, then we can help you.

Latest News and Features

India - we stand with you

As the impact of Covid-19 continues to be felt across the globe, at Northumbria we want to…

More news

Back to top