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Stephen White

Qualifications: B.A.(Oxon.), Dip. Crim.(Cantab), M.Sc.(Wales)

Occupation: Research Fellow, Australian National University, Lecturer, Southampton University and Victoria University of Wellington, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff Law School, Research Assistant, Modern History Faculty, Oxford University, Leverhulme Research Fellow, Department of Theology
and Religion, Durham University, Member of the Council of the Cremation Society of Great Britain



McGregor, Goldman and White’s Catalogue of the Published Papers of the National Association for the Promotion of Social Science (1857-1886).

What Queen Victoria Saw: Roderick Maclean and the Trial of Lunatics Act 1883 (Chichester: Barry Rose Publishers, 2000).

Criminological Materials in the Parliamentary Papers of Australia and New Zealand from 1901: A Check and Finding List. (Written with Audrey Edwards). xi and 342pp. (Canberra: Department of Law, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, 1977).


'Cremation Act 1902 s. 5 (the 'distance' or 'radius' clause): The Balloon and String Theory of Statutory Interpretation' (2013) 79(1) Pharos International 4-9.

'The Public Health (Aquifaction) (England and Wales) Regulations?' (2011) 77(1) Pharos International 10-11.

'Funeral Pyres in a Legal Limbo?' (2010) 76(3) Pharos International 30-35.

'Open Air Funeral Pyres' (2010) 76(2) Pharos International 4-5.

'The Maintenance of Closed Anglican Churchyards' (2009) 11(3) Ecclesiastical Law Journal 331-334.

'Funeral Pyres and the Law in England and Wales' (2006) 72(3) Pharos International 19-23.

Various entries in Douglas J. Davies with Lewis H. Mates (eds). Encyclopaedia of Cremation, Ashgate 2005

After Brodrick, Luce and Smith – What? (Written with Stephen Leadbeatter). (2004) 70(2) Pharos International 14-19.

The Cremation Act 1902: From Private to Local to General. (2003) 69(1) Pharos International 14-18.

Some Founder Members of the Cremation Society in Peter C. Jupp and Hilary J. Grainger (eds), Golders Green Crematorium 1902-2002: A London Centenary in Context, 2002,1-16.

The London Cremation Company: its early years in Peter C. Jupp and Hilary J. Grainger (eds), Golders Green Crematorium 1902-2002: A London Centenary in Context, 2002, 17-26.

A Burial Ahead of its Time? The Crookenden Burial Case and the Sanctioning of Cremation in England and Wales. (2002) 7(2) Mortality 171-190. (An almost identical version is in Thomas Glyn Watkin (ed.), The Trial of Dic Penderyn and Other Essays, (2003) 2 Welsh Legal History Society 151-179)

Cremation Regulations and Medical Referees: the past (address to BMA Conference of Crematorium Medical Referees “Cremation: Which Way Forward?” Friday 26 April 2002)”. (2002) 68(3) Pharos International 38-43

Shipman and Others: Current Inquiries bearing on Cremation. (2001) 67(4) Pharos International 15-27.

Honoretta Pratt - Cremated 1769? (2001) 67(1) Pharos International. 12-17.

The Law relating to Dealing with Dead Bodies (Submission to the Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry). (2000) 4(3 & 4) Medical Law International 145-181.

Property in Body Parts and the Cremation Regulations. (2000) 66(3) Pharos International 12-16.

Body Parts. (2000) 150 New Law Journal 654-655 and 709; reprinted as Amendment of Cremation Regulations (2000) 66(2) Pharos International 22-28.

Founder Members of the Cremation Society of Great Britain. (1999) 65(1) Pharos International 7-17.

Rights to (Buried?) Cremated Remains. (1998) 64(4) Pharos International 37-38.

Hindu Cremations in Britain. In Peter Jupp and Glennys Howarth (ed.), The Changing Face of Death: Historical Accounts of Death and Disposal, Basingstoke 1997, Macmillans, 135-148.

Law Reform by Private Enterprise: Edward Dillon Lewis’ Draft Criminal Code. (Written with K.J.M. Smith) in Peter Birks (ed.), The Life of the Law: Proceedings of the Tenth Legal History Conference, Oxford 1991, Hambledon Press, 1993, 235-256.

An End to D-I-Y Cremation? (1993) 33(2) Medicine, Science and the Law 151-159.

Cricket and Cremation. (1990) 56(4) Pharos International 134-135.

The Call-Shelley Agreement about Shelley’s and Trelawny’s Graves. [1989] 4 Keats-Shelley Review 95-100.

The Making of the New Zealand Criminal Code: A Sketch. (1986) 16(4) Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 353-376.

Daniel McNaughtan and the Glasgow Mechanics’ Institution. (1986) 10(2) Criminal Law Journal 84-92.

Sailors, Savages and Civilisation: Professor Simpson’s “Cannibalism and the Common Law”. (1986) 10(3) Criminal Law Journal 168-181.

The Insanity Defense in England and Wales since 1843. (1985) 477 Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 43-57.

Duress, Compulsion and Parties to Crime in New Zealand. (1985) 9 Criminal Law Journal 354-366.

Compulsion and Rape in New Zealand. (1985) 9 Criminal Law Journal 156-170.

Phrenology and the McNaughtan Rules (1984) 8 Criminal Law Journal 166-183.

The Pitfalls of Imitation: the New South Wales First Offenders Probation Act of 1894. (1983) 13 Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 137-149.

Rehabilitating Daniel McNaughtan: Richard Moran’s “Knowing Right from Wrong”. (1982) 6 Criminal Law Journal 203-220.

Imperialism and Social Reform: Howard Vincent and the Development of Probation in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. (1979) 18 Historical Studies: Australia and New Zealand 598-617.

The Nineteenth Century Origins of Pre-Sentence Reports. (1978) 11 Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology 157-178.

Alexander Maconochie and the Development of Parole. (1976) 67 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 72-88.

Deterrence and Criminal Appeals: The Effect of the Criminal Appeal Act 1966. (1975) 38 Modern Law Review 269-296.

The Effect of Social Inquiry Reports on Sentencing Decisions. (1972) 12 British Journal of Criminology 230-49.

Humanity, Psychotherapy, and Behaviour Therapy. (1969) XII Howard Journal 302-6.