Sally Kyd


Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2372

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

My research lies in the fields of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice.

My main specialism is in road traffic offences, having become interested in them through my PhD on vehicular homicide, after which my interest broadened and I published a book entitled 'Driving Offences: Law, Policy and Practice' with Ashgate in 2008.

In 2011-12, I held an AHRC Early Career Fellowship funding a project to examine how the new causing death by driving offences created by the Road Safety Act 2006 have been operating in practice, with further funding from the Society of Legal Scholars. My research formed the basis of one of the School of Law’s Impact Case Studies entered into the 2014 REF.

My current project, working with Dr Steven Cammiss and funded by the Road Safety Trust, explores the enforcement of endangerment offences such as careless and dangerous driving and seeks to identify best practice in roads policing.

I am interested in all aspects of criminal law and justice. Beyond road traffic offences, I have recently been involved in a Ministry of Justice funded evaluation of the impact of the new sentencing guidelines for sexual offences and robbery (with Dr Anna Carline (PI) and Prof Mandy Burton (Law) and Dr Emma Palmer (Psychology).

I am co-editor on the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth editions of the popular criminal law textbook by Clarkson and Keating.


Criminal Law.


  • Kyd, S.  (with T Elliott & MA Walters) Clarkson and Keating: Criminal Law: Text and Materials 9th ed. (Sweet & Maxwell, 2017)
  • Kyd Cunningham, S. (with S Cammiss), “Swift and Sure Justice? Mode of Trial for Causing Death by Driving Offences” (2015) 15(3) Criminology and Criminal Justice 321-339
  • Kyd Cunningham, S. “Serious Driving Offences in England and Wales” in van Dijk and Wolswijk (eds.) Criminal liability for Serious Traffic Offences (Eleven International Publishing 2015), pp.39-66.
  • 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. “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


I'm interested in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice.


I welcome 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. I have supervised PGR students researching subjects as diverse as identity theft, fitness to plead and chemical castration.

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