Dr Bo Wang
Academic and research departmentsSchool of Law, Surrey Centre for International and Environmental Law.
Dr Wang joined the School of Law as a lecturer in Chinese comparative law. She teaches on the criminal law modules at Surrey. Prior to Surry, she was a visiting lecturer at King's College London, where she taught on the criminal law module for LLB students. Dr Wang holds a PhD in criminal law from King’s College London, and her research focuses on English criminal law, Chinese criminal law and comparative criminal law. She has published books and journal articles in both English and Chinese. Her English monograph on derivative complicity was published in 2018.
Dr Wang's current research project focuses on bribery in the public sector, which is funded by the Society of Legal Scholars.
Areas of specialism
University roles and responsibilities
- Programme Leader for LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology
- Academic Integrity Officer
- International Student Recruitment Champion
- Personal Tutor
Affiliations and memberships
Dr Wang's research focuses mainly on criminal law, including criminal law in common law legal systems, Chinese criminal law, criminal justice and comparative criminal law. She also has wider interests in general legal philosophy, international criminal law and socio-legal studies.
At present, Dr Wang is conducting a comparative interdisciplinary project on bribery in the public sector, which is funded by the Society of Legal Scholars. This research explores the similarities and differences between bribery offences in the UK and China and aims to show how the laws work in practice in both jurisdictions. It will also demonstrate the social, economic and cultural divides that form the basis of such differences and similarities.
This research will contribute to bridge-building between the UK and China. It will form the basis for a bigger comparative project on corruption and bribery which shall aim to help with promoting mutual understanding and dispelling prejudice and misinterpretation concerning each other’s legal systems.
Postgraduate research supervision
Dr Wang has acted as principal supervisor and internal examiner for PhD students. She welcomes proposals for postgraduate supervision in all aspects of criminal law. Proposals in the following areas would be especially welcome:
Bribery and corruption;
Causation in criminal law;
Consent in criminal law;
Harmful online communications;
Complicity and conspiracy;
Comparative criminal law (especially comparison between English criminal law and Chinese criminal law)
Completed postgraduate research projects I have supervised
Principal Supervisor (interim): Rosalind Setterfield, 'The regulation of 'revenge porn' in England and Wales : Are existing legal solutions effective?' (2016)
Convenor: Criminal Law 1 (LAW1029)
Criminal Law I; Criminal Law II
1. Wang B, "Mistaking Theft: Dishonesty 'Turns Over a New Leaf' " (2021) Jul. The Journal of Criminal Law 1-15, (Online first) Sage.
3. Wang B, "A Normative Case for Abolishing the Doctrine of Extended Joint Criminal Enterprise" (2019) 83 (2) The Journal of Criminal Law 144, 144-160, Sage.
4. Wang B, Participation in Crimes: An End to Derivative Complicity Liability? (Law Press China, 2018)
Wang B, "Mistaking Theft: Dishonesty 'Turns Over a New Leaf' " (2021) Jul. The Journal of Criminal Law 1-15.
Wang B, "Complicity Liability: English and Chinese Approaches Compared" (2021) 83 (1) Journal of International and Comparative Law 175, 175-204.
Wang B, "A Normative Case for Abolishing the Doctrine of Extended Joint Criminal Enterprise" (2019) 83(2) The Journal of Criminal Law 144, 144-160.
Wang B, “The English Criminal Laws Governing Cyber Bullying and Their Enlightenment to Chinese Criminal Law”, in Wangyuan Xie (ed),Cyber Crime and Security (China Renmin University Press 2019), 230-255.
Wang B, Participation in Crimes: An End to Derivative Complicity Liability? (Law Press China 2018)
Wang B, "Abolishing Australia’s Judicially Enacted Sui generis Doctrine of Extended Joint Enterprise" (2018) 3 (1) Concordia Law Review 67, 67-101.
Wang B trans., D. J. Baker and L. X. Zhao, "Responsibility Links, Fair Labelling and Proportionality in China: Comparing China's Criminal Law Theory and Doctrine" in T. X. He and N. C. Mao ed, Foreign Scholars' Research on Chinese Law: Criminal Law Volume (Encyclopaedia of China Publishing House 2017)
Wang B, Xie W.Y. and Luo C (trans), William Wilson, Central Issues in Criminal Theory (China Renmin University Press, 2015)
Wang B and Xie W.Y., "Withdrawal in English Criminal Law" (2013) 5 Science of Law 167.
Wang B, "Supervisory Negligence Liability in Medical Teams" (2012) 4 Studies in Law and Business 95.
Wang B, The Impact of Confession and Repentance on Sentencing, in E. Zheng (ed), Research on System Component and the Reconcilement of Social Conflicts in Criminal Law (Law Press China 2011)
Wang B, and Xie W.Y., "On Improvements of the Criminal Penal System after Criminal Law Amendment Act No.8" (2011)6 Law Science Magazine 42.
Wang B and Xie W.Y., "Cardholder” in the Offence of Credit Card Fraud" (2011) 17 People's Procuratorial Semimonthly 12.