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Dr Cerian Griffiths

Senior Lecturer

Department: Northumbria Law School

Initially graduating in Government from the London School of Economics, Cerian was called to the Bar in 2007 and went on to work for a number of prosecution agencies including the Serious Fraud Agency, the Financial Services Authority, and the Office of Fair Trading. Cerian taught criminal law and legal methods, and lectured in evidence law at Birkbeck College, University of London before taking up a lecturing position in law at the University of Warsaw.

Cerian was award her PhD in 2017, the title of which was ‘Prosecuting Fraud in the Metropolis, 1760-1820’. This thesis was carried out at the University of Liverpool as part of the AHRC funded project, The Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments, 1780-1925.

From 2017 to 2019, Cerian was a national expert (UK including Gibraltar) on a DG FISMA commissioned project examining national compliance with EU financial sector Directives (specifically, the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive)

Cerian is currently writing her monograph, Prosecuting London’s Fraudsters 1760-1820: Swindlers, Tricksters and the Law, (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2022)

Cerian Griffiths

Qualifications

  • Not Specified PhD December 01 2017
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2020

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Researching Eighteenth-Century Fraud in the Old Bailey, Griffiths, C. 2 Apr 2020, In: Acta Universitatis Lodziensis. Folia Iuridica
  • The honest cheat, Griffiths, C. 1 Jun 2020, In: Legal Studies
  • Advocacy in Criminal Trials, Griffiths, C. 21 Jun 2017, A Companion to the History of Crime and Criminal Justice, Bristol, Policy Press
  • Legal representation, Griffiths, C. 21 Jun 2017, A Companion to the History of Crime and Criminal Justice, Bristol, Policy Press
  • Sharia and Beth Din courts in the UK, Griffiths, C. 2014, In: Studia Iuridica Toruniensia
  • The Prisoners’ Counsel Act 1836, Griffiths, C. Jul 2014, In: Law, Crime and History

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Cerian’s research interests lie in all aspects of financial crime and the wider criminal justice system, including evidence and trial procedure from the eighteenth century to the modern day. Cerian is particularly interested in the prosecution of financial crime, both historically and regarding contemporary offences such as the prosecution of criminal cartels and insider dealing.

Cerian has established a strong research profile, publishing in the field of legal history on topics including the introduction of counsel to criminal trials and the legal profession. Cerian has also published on contemporary criminal doctrine. Cerian has presented nationally and internationally on the prosecution of fraud in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Cerian has maintained a close connection with legal practice and is passionate about research impact and knowledge exchange, as demonstrated by her position as the national expert (UK including Gibraltar) on a DG FISMA commissioned project examining national compliance with EU financial sector Directives (specifically, the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive).

Cerian’s forthcoming publications concern the prosecution of fraud and financial crime from the eighteenth century to the modern day. Cerian’s research is deeply inter-disciplinary, incorporating historical research with more traditional legal historical topics such as the doctrinal underpinnings of financial crime. Cerian also undertakes to incorporate wider historical methods into her research through the application of Marxist historical theory.

Cerian is equally interested in modern-day prosecutions and is particularly researching the prosecution and regulation of insider dealing.


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