Dr Beatrice Krebs has taken a stand to protect the innocent. Her work has helped abolish the unfair crime of Joint Enterprise murder.
In the past, you could be convicted of murder if you were present when someone was killed, even if you did not deal the fatal blow. Beatrice’s work to show the injustice of this ‘Joint Enterprise’ rule was used in a high-profile appeal case to the Supreme Court.
Her research was used by lawyers working on the case. It helped persuade judges to rule that only those who intend to seriously injure or kill someone should be convicted of murder. In the wake of this decision, a large number of murder convictions in England and Wales may need to be re-examined, and MPs have debated the issue in the House of Commons.
Beatrice teaches Criminal Law to our undergraduate students. Her insights and experience feed directly into your own learning.
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I am proud to have been part of a team that fought for the correction of this unfair law. At the University of Reading, we strive to have a positive impact on wider society. The impact we are having proves that anything is possible.Dr Beatrice Krebs, School of Law