Sally Kyd Cunningham

LLB (Leicester), LLM (Leicester), PhD (Leicester)

Telephone: 0116 252 2372

Sally Kyd Cunningham was appointed Lecturer in Law at Leicester in January 2004, and finished her doctorate here later that same year. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2011 and became a Professor in September 2013. Her main interest is in road traffic offences, having become interested in them through her PhD on vehicular homicide, after which her interest broadened and she published a book entitled Driving Offences: Law, Policy and Practice with Ashgate in 2008. She is co-editor on the 6th and 7th editions of the popular criminal law textbook by Clarkson and Keating, and is currently working on the 8th edition. Sally has recently worked on an empirical project funded by the SLS and an AHRC Early Career Fellowship which examines how the new causing death by driving offences created by the Road Safety Act 2006 have been operating in practice. Prosecutorial Decision-Making following the Road Safety Act 2006: Final Report to the Crown Prosecution Service (pdf)

She is the REF Impact-Co-ordinator for the School of Law.

Sally teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Justice System.

Research Interests

Criminal Law and Criminal Justice.

Selected Publications

  • Kyd Cunningham, S., “Has law reform policy been driven in the right direction? How the new causing death by driving offences are operating in practice” [2013] Crim LR 712-729
  • Cunningham, S. “Complicating Complicity: Aiding and Abetting Causing Death by Dangerous Driving in R v Martin” (2011) 74(5) Modern Law Review 767-793
  • Cunningham, S. “Recklessness: being reckless and acting recklessly” (2010) 21(3) King’s Law Journal 445-467
  • Cunningham, S. Driving Offences: Law Policy and Practice (Ashgate, 2008).
  • “Vehicular Homicide: Need for a Special Offence?” in CMV Clarkson, C.M.V. and Cunningham, S., Criminal Liability for Non-Aggressive Death (Ashgate, 2008)
  • Cunningham, S. “Punishing drivers who kill: putting road safety first?” (2007) 27(2) Legal Studies 288
  • Cunningham, S.R. (with CMV Clarkson and HM Keating) Clarkson and Keating: Criminal Law: Text and Materials 7th ed. (Sweet & Maxwell, 2010)

Full Publication list (pdf)


Sally teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Justice System.

Research Supervision

Sally welcomes approaches from prospective doctoral candidates in any field of Criminal Law and/or Justice, but especially the investigation of, or substantive law relating to, violent offences and traffic offences. She currently supervises PGR students researching subjects as diverse as identity theft, incest and chemical castration.

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