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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.

Key Publications

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  • Researching Eighteenth-Century Fraud in the Old Bailey: Reflections on Court Records, Archives, and Digitisation, Griffiths, C. 2 Apr 2020, In: Acta Universitatis Lodziensis. Folia Iuridica
  • The honest cheat: a timely history of cheating and fraud following Ivey v Genting Casinos (UK) Ltd t/a Crockfords [2017] UKSC 67, Griffiths, C. 1 Jun 2020, In: Legal Studies
  • The law schools’ “easy win”? Improving law students’ experience through embedded and non-embedded writing support, Griffiths, C. 25 Nov 2020, In: The Law Teacher
  • 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: is legal pluralism nothing more than a necessary political fiction?, Griffiths, C. 2014, In: Studia Iuridica Toruniensia
  • The Prisoners’ Counsel Act 1836: Doctrine, Advocacy and the Criminal Trial, Griffiths, C. Jul 2014, In: Law, Crime and History

PGR Supervision

Cormac McCarthy What characteristics and motivations in directors' duties culminate in unethical governance decisions? Start Date: 13/09/2021


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

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