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Professor Celia Wells

Professor Celia Wells

Professor Celia Wells
LL.B.(Warw.), L.L.M.(Lond.)

Emeritus Professor

Area of research

Emerita Professor of Criminal Law

Wills Memorial Building,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1RJ
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Professor Celia Wells joined the Law School in 2009 and served as Head of School from 2010-2014. She held positions previously at North London Polytechic, the Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne, Cardiff, and Durham.


Celia researches and writes mainly in criminal law with a particular specialism in corporate criminal liability. She is the author of Corporations and Criminal Responsibility (2nd edition OUP 2001) and of Reconstructing Criminal Law (with Nicola Lacey and Oliver Quick, 4th edition, Cambridge University Press, 2010). Her work has been influential in the development of an organisational theory of corporate criminal liability. She has provided expert advice on corporate criminal responsibility to a number of national and international bodies including: OECD Bribery Convention Working Group (2001, 2010, 2011); the CPS in relation to the Ladbroke Grove rail crash; Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee Inquiry into the Draft Corporate Manslaughter Bill (2005); the International Commission of Jurists' Expert Legal Panel on Corporate Complicity in International Crimes (2006); expert witness to the Parliamentary scrutiny committee on the Bribery Bill 2009; and was a member of the IBA Taskforce on Illicit Financial Flows, Poverty and Human Rights, 2012. Her current project traces the influences on a research career which has encompassed doctrinal criminal law writing, autobiographical legal education work and theorising corporate criminal liability. She is a Trustee of Monmouthshire Citizens Advice Bureau and of CorruptionWatch.


  • Criminal law
  • corporate liability
  • bribery
  • legal education


  • OBE Fellow of RSA
  • F Fellow of FAcSS Member of SLS
  • SLSA

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