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Bayesian Reasoning

The Bayes and the Law Network was initiated by Norman Fenton, Professor of Risk Information Management at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) and is being developed with Amber Marks, Lecturer in Criminal Law and Evidence, QMUL. So far more than 80 interested parties from around the world have agreed to participate in a multi-disciplinary network that brings together world-class mathematicians, scientists, psychologists, legal academics and practitioners, police officers, journalists and lay people to collaborate on the issues surrounding the use of probabilistic reasoning in criminal law.

Corruption, Bribery, Tax Evasion and Money Laundering

In 2009, Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas gave oral evidence to the House of Lords EU Committee for their inquiry on Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism [pdf] (19th Report, session 2008-09, HL Papers 132-I and 132-II). Professor Mitsilegas is the author of Money Laundering Counter-Measures in the EU: A New Paradigm of Security Governance versus Fundamental Legal Principles (Kluwer Law International/Aspen, The Hague-London-Boston, 2003).

Professor Peter Alldridge has authored several key publications in this area including:

  • 'Reforming Bribery: Law Commission Consultation Paper” [2008] Crim. L.R. 671-689
  • 'Reforming the Criminal Law of Corruption' (2001) 11 Criminal Law Forum 287
  • P Alldridge and A Mumford, 'Tax Evasion and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002' (2005) 25 Legal Studies 353
  • P Alldridge, 'Introduction' in Booth (ed), Anti-Money Laundering Guide (Sweet & Maxwell, London, 2005)
  • P Alldridge, Money Laundering Law (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2003)

Counter-Terrorism

  • In 2009,  Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas gave oral evidence to the House of Lords EU Committee for their inquiry on Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism [pdf] (19th Report, session 2008-09, HL Papers 132-I and 132-II).
  • Patrick Graham is undertaking doctoral research into ‘The Evolution of Martial Law: Military intervention and civil disorder in Great Britain’
  • Niovi Vavoula is undertaking doctoral research into ‘Border Controls and Counter Terrorism law in the European Union’
  • Sarah Singer is undertaking doctoral research into ‘Exclusion from Refugee Status: asylum seekers and terrorism in the UK.

Crime Control Technologies

Professor Richard Ashcroft

Criminal Appeals

  • David Ormerod, A Waterman QC and Rudi Fortson QC Prosecution appeals - too much of a good thing? [2010] Crim. L.R. 169-194
  • Professor Richard Nobles and Professor David Schiff 'After Ten Years: An Investment in Justice?' in M. Naughton (ed) The Criminal Cases Review Commission: Hope for the Innocent? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Criminal Law in England and Wales

David Ormerod QC is the editor and author of several key practitioner texts including:

Professor David Ormerod QC, Professor William Wilson and Professor Janet Dine are all authors of key textbooks on criminal law:

Criminal Theory

Professor William Wilson has written widely on Criminal Theory, specialising particularly in homicide and criminal defences. He is the author of Central Issues in Criminal Theory (2002). Articles and chapters include Participating in Crime: Some Thoughts on the Retribution/Prevention Dichotomy in Preparation for Crime and How to Deal with It in Participation in Crime: Domestic and Comparative Perspectives Edited by Alan Reed, and Michael Bohlander, (2013) ‘Murder by Omission: Some Observations on a Mismatch between the General and Special Parts’ (2010) New Crim LR 1-22 Murder and the Structure of Homicide in AJ Ashworth and B Mitchell Rethinking English Homicide Law, OUP, 2000 21-54 The Structure of Criminal Defences (2005) Crim LR 108-121 Violence, Sleepwalking and the Criminal Law (2005) Crim LR 601-23 Impaired Voluntariness: The Variable Standards, (2004) Buffalo Crim LR The Filtering Role of Crisis in the Constitution of Criminal Excuses Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence (July 2004) at pp.387-416.

European Criminal Law

Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas is a member of the Management Committee of the European Criminal Law Academic Network (ECLAN), a Europe-wide network which brings together academic experts from the EU 27 and beyond. He was General Rapporteur to the 2012 Congress of the International Federation for European Law (FIDE), which will be held in Tallinn (stream on the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice). He is a member of the Commission's Expert Panel on EU Criminal Policy. He is acting as expert adviser to the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). Professor Mitsilegas was Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords European Union Committee for their inquiry on the European Borders Agency (FRONTEX report [pdf]) and was invited to submit evidence on the Lisbon Treaty to the House of Lords Committees on the Constitution European Union (Amendment) Bill and the Lisbon Treaty: Implications for the UK Constitution [pdf] (6th Report, session 2007-08, HL Paper 84) and the European Union (The Treaty of Lisbon: An Impact Assessment [pdf], 10th Report, session 2007-08, HL Papers 62-I and 62-II).

Professor Mitsilegas provides regular advice to the UK Government and the Judiciary of England and Wales. He is actively engaged with the legal profession as regards the impact of European Union law on the domestic legal system. He is the first contributor of a specific chapter on the relationship between EU law and domestic criminal law in Blackstone’s Criminal Practice. He is member of a team drafting case commentaries for the Criminal Law Review. He is also Consultant Editor to EU Law in Criminal Practice (OUP, 2013).

Drugs

  • Rudi Fortson QC is the author 'Misuse of Drugs Offences, Confiscation and Money Laundering' (Sweet & Maxwell, 6th ed., December 2011).
  • Amber Marks is researching drug testing technology.
  • see also Health and Criminal Law - Professor Richard Ashcroft

Environmental Crime

Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas, Professor Fitzmaurice and Dr Phoebe Okowa have published widely in the field of environmental law.

Professor Valsamis Mitseligas is the Queen Mary Principal Investigator on a multinational interdisciplinary research project on EU Action to Fight Environmental Crime (EFFACE) funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme for Research. This 40-month project (2012-2016) aims to assess the impact of environmental crime and develop effective and feasible policy options for combating it at EU level.

Evidence and Forensic Science

Health and Criminal Law

Professor Richard Ashcroft

Immigration

  • Extraterritorial Immigration Control: Legal Challenges, Valsamis Mitsilegas and Bernard Ryan (eds.) Nijhoff, 2010. Proceedings of a Modern Law Review seminar held at Queen Mary in June 2008
  • Elspeth Guild, Security and Migration in the 21st Century Polity (Cambridge, 2009)
  • Elspeth Guild,  The Legal Elements of European Identity: EU Citizenship and Migration Law, Kluwer Law International, The Hague, 2004.
  • E Guild & S Mantu (eds) Ashgate, Aldershot, 2011
  • E.Guild, When even Machiavelli’s Prince needs a Visa – Migration, Euro-Mediterranean Relations and Intercultural Dialogue’ European Foreign Affairs Review (2010) 15 : 367 – 384.
  • E. Guild ‘Refugee Protection, Counter-Terrorism, and Exclusion in the European Union’ E Guild and Madeline Garlick Refugee Survey Quarterly (2010) 29(4): 63-82
  • E.Guild, ‘The Uses and Abuses of Counter-terrorism Policies in Europe: the case of the lists’ JCMS 2008 Vol 46 No 1 pp 173 – 193
  • E.Guild, ‘The Europeanisation of Europe's Asylum Policy’  Int J Refugee Law 2006 18: 630-651

Yewa S Holiday is undertaking doctoral research into ‘Article 31 of the UN Convention on Refugees 1951 and the prosecution of asylum seekers and refugees in the UK’.
Niovi Vavoula is a PhD student researching the impact of terrorism concerns on the configuration of the EU Border Security strategy with special focus on the fundamental rights challenges for third-country nationals and EU citizens.

International Criminal Law

Professor Phoebe Okowa.

The Judiciary

Professor Kate Malleson recently completed a joint three-year AHRC funded project on the selection of judges to the International Courts. The findings were published by OUP in 2010 in a book entitled Selecting International Judges: Principle, Process and Politics.

Miscarriages of Justice

Richard Richard Nobles and Professor David Schiff have authored key publications in this field including:

Policing, Surveillance and Security

Sentencing

  • Work on the fourth and fifth volumes of Professor Sean McConville's Penal History series is now nearing completion, with publication set for 2012/2013. These books deal with Irish political prisoners from 1920 to 2000. Research has been intensive across the three principal jurisdictions - Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Britain. This research attracted substantial external international funding. Volume 3 of the History of Imprisonment was published in 2003 by Routledge (Irish Political Prisoners 1848–1922: Theatres of War). Previous books in the series have dealt with eighteenth and nineteenth century penal policy and prison administration (A History of English Prison Administration (1981), and English Local Prisons 1860-1900 (1995)).
  • Marie-Aimée Brajeux is undertaking doctoral research into ‘Anti-Social Behaviour Orders and Criminalisation’.
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