Lecturer in Law

Peter Mirfield

  • I teach Criminal Law at Trinity and at Jesus College.

  • I previously held the post of Sir David Lewis Fellow and Tutor in Law at Jesus College, Oxford, retiring in 2017.

  • I read Jurisprudence at Oxford and qualified in 1973 as a Barrister-at-Law.

A detail from the back gate to Trinity College, with a gryphon in metal.


For the undergraduate course in Law, I give first-year tutorials in Criminal Law.


I am interested in issues around criminal evidence, criminal procedure and the constitutional aspects of human rights law, and have written in particular about confessions and bad character evidence. I am the Editor of the Law Quarterly Review and have held Visiting Professorships at Florida State University, Santa Clara University, Sydney University and the National University of Singapore.

Selected Publications

Silence, Confessions and Improperly Obtained Evidence (Oxford University Press, 1998)

Contributions to Phipson on Evidence 15th (2000), 16th (2005) 17th (2010), 18th (2013) and 19th (2018) editions (London: Sweet & Maxwell)

‘A Novel Theory of Privy Council Precedent’, Law Quarterly Review 133 (2017), 1-6

Note on R. v Leathem and Mallett, Criminal Law Review 788 (2017), 790-793

The Right to Confront One’s Accusers: Did Sir Walter Raleigh Die for Nothing?’, Singapore Journal of Legal Studies (September 2019), 423-439

Reconciling Conflicting Interests of Co-Defendants, The Cambridge Law Journal 78(3) (2019), 500-503

Professor Peter Mirfield delivers 16th Kwa Geok Choo Distinguished Visitors Lecture
Professor Mirfield