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Dr Cerian Griffiths

Formerly at Lancaster University

Research overview

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.

PhD supervision

Any aspect of financial crime or regulation. Cerian is particularly keen to supervise legal history and crime history theses.


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.

Cerian is currently 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)

Research Interests

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 and criminal cartels.

Cerian is interested in supervising legal history projects, crime history projects, and research concerning the prosecution process, particularly the prosecution and regulation of financial crime.


Current Teaching

Law 104 - Criminal Law

Law 338 - Advocacy

Law 335 – Evidence Law

Law 344 - Financial Crime

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