Professor Lindsay Farmer
- Professor of Law (School of Law)
- Senate Assessor (Academic Services)
Lindsay Farmer joined the School of Law in 1999. He studied law at the University of Edinburgh before doing an M.Phil. in Criminology at the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. at the European University Institute in Florence. He has previously held teaching posts at the University of Strathclyde, and at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he helped establish a new LLB course. He has spent time as a visiting professor at the Center for Law and Society in the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Toronto, Columbia University, New York and the University of Sydney.
His books include Making the Modern Criminal Law. Criminalization and Civil Order (Oxford 2016); Criminal Law, Tradition and Legal Order. Crime and the Genius of Scots Law 1747 to the Present (Cambridge 1997); (with A. Duff, S. Marshall & V. Tadros) The Trial on Trial. Vol.III Towards a Normative Theory of the Criminal Trial (Hart Publishing 2007); and (with S Veitch & E Christodoulidis), Jurisprudence. Themes and Concepts (2nd ed) (Routledge, 2012).
He has recently been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship (2019-2022) to work on a project entitled "Rethinking the Relation between Criminal Law and Markets". This will explore aspects of the relationship between criminal law and markets over the modern period to ask when, if at all, it is appropriate to use the criminal law to regulate markets and what sort of financial or economic conduct can justifiably be criminalised.
Lindsay was Editor-in-Chief of the journal New Criminal Law Review between 2008 and 2012. He is on the editorial boards of Social & Legal Studies, Criminal Law and Philosophy, Law and Humanities, and Law, Culture and the Humanities. In 2019 he was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy.
Criminal law and legal theory, particularly critical criminal law. History of criminal law (especially post-1800). Development of theories of responsibility (post-1800). Development of the criminal trial and its relation to substantive law. Theories of the criminal trial. Law and social theory.
Lindsay is willing to supervise any doctoral students whose proposed work falls within his areas of research interest.
Farmer, L. (2018) Innocence, the burden of proof and fairness in the criminal trial: revisiting Woolmington v DPP (1935). In: Jackson, J. D. and Summers, S. J. (eds.) Obstacles to Fairness in Criminal Proceedings. Hart Publishing. ISBN 9781782258353
Farmer, L. (2016) Making the Modern Criminal Law: Criminalization and Civil Order. Series: Criminalization. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199568642
Farmer, L. (2012) Of treatises and textbooks: the literature of criminal law in nineteenth century Britain. In: Fernandez, A. and Dubber, M. (eds.) Law Books in Action: Essays on the Anglo-American Legal Treatise. Hart Publishing: Oxford, UK, pp. 145-164. ISBN 9781849461412
Farmer, L. (2011) Disgust, respect, and the criminalization of offence. In: Cruft, R., Kramer, M.H. and Reiff, M.R. (eds.) Crime, Punishment, and Responsibility: The Jurisprudence of Antony Duff. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 273-291. ISBN 9780199592814 (doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592814.003.0016)
Farmer, L. (2010) Criminal wrongs in historical perspective. In: Duff, R.A., Farmer, L., Marshall, S.E., Renzo, M. and Tadros, V. (eds.) The Boundaries of the Criminal Law. Series: Criminalization series. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 214-237. ISBN 9780199600557 (doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600557.001.0001)
Professor Farmer has been awarded the following grants:
£141,554 awarded by the Leverhulme Trust to Prof L Farmer, Rethinking the Relationship between Markets and Criminal Law
£231,800 awarded by the British Academy to Prof L Farmer, and Mrs CM Kelly (PI), Criminalisation of Children in Scotland 1910 – 1971.
£6,943 was awarded to Prof Lindsay Farmer, and Dr F Leverick (PI), by The Clark Foundation for Legal Education for a Conference and Public Lecture in honour of Sir Gerald Gordon.
£18,106 secured for a studentship in 2011 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) by Prof Lindsay Farmer.
Prof Lindsay Farmer was part of a team (with the Universities of Stirling and Warwick) which was awarded £625,000 by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to look at developing a normative theory of criminalization. Two PhD studentships are associated with the grant. The project ran 2008-2012.
Research Students Under Supervision
Rachel Ferguson - 'The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry and the criminalisation of adult-child relations from the 20th century'
Lewis Kennedy - 'Why have a law of treason in twenty-first century Scotland?'
Ellena Nowell - 'PhD Topic: Criminal statistics and the development of sexual offences'
Corsino San Miguel - 'Towards a dogmatic solution for error of law in Scotland'
Criminal law and legal theory.
History of criminal law (especially post-1800).
Development of theories of responsibility (post-1800).
Development of the criminal trial and its relation to substantive law.
Theories of the criminal trial. Law and social theory.