Dr Bo Wang

School of Law

Lecturer in Chinese Law

Programme Director for LLB Law with Chinese Law

Programme Director for LLB Law and Criminology

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Dr Bo Wang
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
S3 7ND

I am a lecturer at the School of Law, University of Sheffield. My research focuses mainly on English criminal law and comparative criminal law. I also have broad interests in philosophy of criminal law, Chinese criminal law and justice and criminal policy. My doctoral research focused on derivative complicity liability in English criminal law and a monograph based on this has been returned for REF2021. Writing in both English and Chinese, I have published in leading peer-reviewed law journals such as the Journal of Criminal Law, Journal of International and Comparative Law and Studies in Law and Business. I also have translated book and chapters in edited collections. My current research explores bribery in the public sector, which is funded by the Society of Legal Scholars.

Before joining Sheffield, I taught and convened criminal law modules at the University of Surrey, where I was the Deputy Director of the China Law Centre and the programme leader for the LLB Law with Criminology programme. Prior to that, I taught criminal law at King’s College London whist reading for my PhD at that institution.


  • PhD in criminal law, King's College London
  • LLM in criminal law, Renmin University of China
  • LLB, China University of Political Science and Law
Research interests
  • Theories of Criminalisation
  • English Criminal Law
  • Chinese Criminal Law and Justice
  • Cyber Security and Criminal Law
  • White Collar and Financial Crimes
  • Gender and Law


Journal articles


  • Wang B (2019) The English Criminal Laws Governing Cyber Bullying and Their Enlightenment to Chinese Criminal Law In Xie W (Ed.), Cyber Crime and Security RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wang B (2018) Responsibility Links, Fair Labelling and Proportionality in China: Comparing China’s Criminal Law Theory and Doctrine In He T & Mao N (Ed.), China's Criminal Law: Moving Forward in Times of Disenchantment RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wang B (2011) The Impact of Confession and Repentance on Sentencing In Zheng E (Ed.), Research on System Component and the Reconcilement of Social Conflicts in Criminal Law RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

I welcome proposals for postgraduate supervision in all aspects of criminal law. Proposals in the following areas are especially welcome:

  • Bribery and corruption
  • Causation in criminal law
  • Consent in criminal law
  • Domestic violence
  • Cybercrime
  • Harmful online communications
  • Property offences
  • Complicity and conspiracy
  • Sexual Offences
  • Corporate liability
  • Comparative criminal law (especially comparison between English criminal law and Chinese criminal law)

Title/Description: Bribery in the Public Sector: a comparative analysis between English law and Chinese law

  • Awarding Body: Society of Legal Scholars
  • Years Funded for: May 2022 - May 2023
  • Amount Awarded (£): 1,449.60

Title/Description: The General Part of English Criminal Law and Its Significance to Chinese Criminal Law Theory

  • Awarding Body: The Research Centre for Criminal Jurisprudence
  • People involved: Professor Wangyuan Xie; Dr Bo Wang; Dr Can Luo
  • Years Funded for: 2012 - 2015
  • Amount Awarded (£): 8,000

Title/Description: Criminal Liability for Medical Team's Supervisory Negligence

  • Awarding Body: Renmin University of China
  • Years Funded for: 2010 - 2011
  • Amount Awarded (£): 2,000
Teaching interests
Teaching activities


  • Criminal Law and Justice 
  • Advanced Criminal Law and Justice
  • Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Law (Convenor)
  • Legal and Political Culture of China (Convenor)
  • Chinese Law and Legal System (Convenor)
Professional activities and memberships

Member of the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law (SCIEL) and the Centre for Criminological Research (CCR).

Reviewer for the Journal of Property, Planning and Environmental Law, Chinese Journal of Comparative Law, Bloomsbury Publishing and Oxford University Press;

Society of Legal Scholars (member), Socio-Legal Studies Association (member);

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy;

Panel chair, Law and Technology Conference, sponsored by the UN Institute for Training and Research, Leicester, July 2019;

Invited presentation (English Laws on Cyberbullying and the Enlightenment to Chinese Criminal Law) at the Cyber Security and Criminal Law Submit, sponsored by the Research Centre for Criminal Jurisprudence and Tencent Research Institute), Beijing, December 2017;

Guest lecture (Complicity Liability in English Law), Renmin University of China, Beijing, December 2017;

Panel member, Symposium on the Over-Instrumentalization of Criminal Law, East China Normal University, Shanghai, December 2017.