Cerian GriffithsLecturer in Law (Criminal Law and Criminal Justice)
Cerian’s research interests lie in all aspects of criminal prosecutions from summary to appellant courts, 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 more modern offences such as the prosecution of criminal cartels and insider dealing.
Cerian has published in the field of legal history on topics including the introduction of counsel to criminal trials and the legal profession. Cerian has presented widely on the prosecution of fraud in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
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.
In 2017, Cerian will be submitting her PhD Thesis, ‘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.
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 also interested in modern-day prosecutions and is particularly researching the prosecution of criminal cartels.
Cerian is interested in supervising legal history projects, crime history projects, and research concerning the prosecution process, particularly the prosecution of financial crime.
Module 330 – Crime and Criminal Justice
Module 335 – Evidence Law