Dave Selfe

School of Law

David Selfe was the Director of the School of Law at LJMU from 2011 to 2018. He now works part-time for the University as a senior lecturer in Law. His main teaching and writing is in the area of Criminal Law, with particular focus on sexual offences law and policy. He is the Module Leader for the popular Level 6 Option Module Sex, Crime and Society, which is taught across 4 undergraduate programmes, as well as a Level 7 Masters programme. He is a Dissertation supervisor on LLB, MA CJ, LLM LPC and LLM QL programmes, and contributes specialist topics in Foundations and Property Offences.
David has previously had a wide experience of, and involvement in, a range of University governance processes: he has been Chair of the Academic Framework Management Group, and the Assessment Regulations Working Group; he is co-Chair of the University Academic Appeals Panel, and a member/co-Chair of the University Criminal Convictions Panel. He has extensive experience (as Investigating Officer, Presenting Officer and Hearing Chair) in student and staff disciplinary, grievance and complaint processes.
David has been an External Examiner continuously since 1995, and is currently an External Examiner at Roehampton University in London.. He has wide experience of external validation and review events, including previously being a member of the JASB. He was a member of the Committee of Heads of University Law Schools from 2011 to 2019.


1989, Lancashire Polytechnic, United Kingdom, MPhil
1983, Preston Polytechnic, United Kingdom, BA (Hons) Law

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in Law, LJMU, 2018 - present
External Examiner, Roehampton University, 2016 - present
External Examiner, Open University, Milton Keynes, 2015 - present
Director, Law, Liverpool John Moores University, 2011 - 2018
External Examiner, University of Sheffield, 2010 - 2016
External Examiner, Glamorgan University, 2007 - 2012
External Examiner, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, 2005 - 2010
External Examiner, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, 2002 - 2006
External Examiner, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, 2002 - 2007
Deputy Director, Law, Liverpool John Moores University, 1998 - 2010
External Examiner, UWE,, 1997 - 2001
External Examiner, Huddersfield University, 1995 - 2000
Lecturer/Principal Lecturer, Liverpool Polytechnic/Liverpool John Moores University, 1986 - 1998
Part Time Lecturer, WR Tuson College, Preston, 1985 - 1986

Journal article

Selfe DW. 2017. Trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence: case commentary on Pacurar The Criminal Lawyer, :6-7 Public Url

Selfe DW. 2014. Key Criteria in the 'Loss of Control' Defence: case comment The Criminal Lawyer, 218 :2-4

Selfe DW. 2013. Rape: mens rea and reasonable belief The Criminal Lawyer, 213 :3-5

Selfe DW. 2012. The Defence of 'Loss of Control' The Criminal Lawyer, 208 :3-5

Selfe DW. 2012. Sentencing for Rape of a Child under Thirteen (Part 2) The Criminal Lawyer, 207 :3-4

Selfe DW. 2011. Extreme Pornographic Images - mens rea and defences The Criminal Lawyer, 200 :4-5

Selfe DW. 2011. Sentencing for the Rape of a Child under Thirteen Years of Age (Part 1) The Criminal Lawyer, 204 :5-6

Selfe DW. 2010. 'Privacy' and 'Underwear' - further developments in voyeurism The criminal Lawyer, 199 :3-5

Selfe DW. 2010. Presence and Encouragement as Aiding and Abetting The Criminal Lawyer, 195 :5-6

Selfe DW. 2009. Voyeurism - the Meaning of 'Privacy' and 'Breasts' The Criminal Lawyer, 193 :2-4

Selfe DW. 2009. Keeping Brothels: Sentencing Guidelines and Policy The Criminal Lawyer, 190 :4-6

Selfe DW. 2008. Sentencing of Persons with mental Disorder The Criminal Lawyer, 184 :2-3

Selfe DW. 2008. The Meaning of Consent within the SOA 2003 The Criminal Lawyer, 178 :3-5

Selfe DW. 2007. Voyeurism - Early Developments in a New Offence The Criminal Lawyer, 174 :4-6

Selfe DW. 2007. Indecent Photographs of Children - the Scope of Indecency The Criminal Lawyer, 171 :3-5

Selfe DW. 2006. Mens rea and the Purpose of Obtaining Sexual Gratification The Criminal Lawyer, :4-6

Selfe DW. 2006. Sexual Assault and the Sexual Offences Act 2003 - A Touch too Far The Criminal Lawyer, 165 :3-5

Selfe DW. 2006. The Scope of Actual Bodily Harm - Cutting it Fine in the Divisional Court The Criminal Lawyer, :3-5

Selfe DW. 1998. Sentencing 'Minor' Indecent Assaults - A Missed Opportunity The Criminal Lawyer, :3-5

Selfe DW. 1996. Consent to Injury: A Retreat from Brown? The Criminal Lawyer, :3-5

Selfe DW. 1995. Rape and Buggery after the CJPOA 1994 Liverpool Law Review: a journal of contemporary legal issues, XVII(1)

Selfe D. 1995. Buggery and rape after the criminal justice and public order act 1994 The Liverpool Law Review, 17 :97-106 DOI

Selfe DW. 1988. Civil Disobedience: A Study in Semantics Liverpool Law Review: a journal of contemporary legal issues, X(2) DOI

Selfe DW. 1987. Attempting the Impossible: Recent Developments in the House of Lords Liverpool Law Review, IX(i) DOI

Selfe DW. Trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence: case commentary on Pacurar The Criminal Lawyer, :6-7

Selfe DW. Trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence: case commentary on Pacurar The Criminal Lawyer,


Selfe DW, Burke V. 2001. Perspectives on Sex, Crime and Society Cavendish. London

Book review

Selfe DW. 2001. Book Review. Simester and Sullivan, Criminal Law: Theory and Doctrine The Law Teacher, 35(1) :129-131

Conference publication

Selfe DW. Student Retention: Policy, Pragmatism and Pastoral Care Association of Law Teachers


Selfe DW. Property Crime, Victimisation and Harm Corteen K. Crime, Harm and Victimisation Policy Press

Other invited event:

Liverpool Law Society, Legal Awards, Liverpool Law Society, Member, judging panel, of Liverpool Law Society Legal Awards, 2015. 2015

Bournemouth University LLB Review, Bournemouth University, External Advisor for LLB Programme Review. 2014

Lincoln University Law School Review, Lincoln University, Invited External Reviewer for Law School's provision. 2013

National JASB Validation, Aberdeen Univeristy, JASB member for validation of Aberdeen University's LLB English Law degree.. 2013

Salford University LLM Review, Salford University, External Advisor for Law School LLM (by DL). 2012

Teaching qualification:

FHEA. 2012

External committees:

Committee of Heads of University Law Schools (CHULS), CHULS, Member. 2011

Membership of professional bodies:

Representative, Joint Academic Stage Board, JASB. 2010