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Professor Oliver Crisp

Member of the Durham Law School


Oliver Crisp completed an LLM by research in legal theory at the University of Aberdeen Law School in June 2020, passing with distinction and no corrections. His thesis was on free will scepticism and punishment theory, and was supervised by Dr Elizabeth Shaw. He is now working on a PhD in legal theory under the supervision of Professor Thom Brooks at Durham Law School. His thesis is on the relationship between neurolaw, punishment theory, and philosophical anthropology.

Oliver has a background in Fine Art, Divinity, and Philosophy of Religion, having previously studied as an undergraduate and graduate student in London and Aberdeen. He currently teaches in St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews. In his spare time he is a painter.

Research interests
  • Jurisprudence
  • Punishment theory
  • Law and religion
  • Analytic theology