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Prof Liz Campbell, Phd, LLM, BCL

Professor in the Durham Law School

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I am Professor of Criminal Law at Durham Law School and convenor of the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. I am also the School’s Director of Research Funding, and a member of the AHRC Peer Review College.


My research looks at how and in what ways the criminal law and criminal process responds to politicised social problems. I’m interested in how legal definitions are constructed, and how the politics of definitions determines and affects legal measures. I use this lens to explore laws on organised crime, white collar crime and corruption, the presumption of innocence, and the trial process more broadly. My work is socio-legal in considering the law in context, and often involves a comparative dimension. There is an empirical element to some of my work, such as the latest project on Corporate Vehicles – Understanding the use of ‘Licit’ Corporate Entities by Transnational Organised Crime Groups in the Concealment, Conversion and Control of Illicit Finance”.

I publish widely in leading international and domestic journals. My publications include a research monograph on Organised Crime and the Law (Hart, 2013), a jointly written book on The Collection and Retention of DNA from Suspects in New Zealand with Nessa Lynch (Victoria University Press, 2015) and a textbook on Criminal Law in Ireland (Clarus, 2010).

Funding for research 

My research has been funded by the RCUK’s Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Law Foundation of New Zealand, the Fulbright Commission, the Modern Law Review, and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

I was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Maryland in 2011-2012, and Principal Investigator for an Arts and Humanities Research Council network on “Corruption in commercial enterprise” (2015-17). Through these collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects and networks, I’ve developed connections with global scholars. 

Current projects

I’m currently co-Investigator on a project on “Corporate Vehicles – Understanding the use of ‘Licit’ Corporate Entities by Transnational Organised Crime Groups in the Concealment, Conversion and Control of Illicit Finance”, funded by the RCUK’s Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security (PaCCS) Research. This project examines how licit entities are used by organised crime groups for the concealment, conversion and control of illicit finance cross-jurisdictionally and the domestic and international economic/social impacts of such practice. It is analysing the impact on organised crime groups of the changing legal and policy conditions governing the transparency of beneficial ownership of legal entities in the UK and the Netherlands. Police Scotland and the Center for Information & Research on Organised Crime (Netherlands) are partners in both the production of the proposal and realisation of the project.

I’m funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account to explore the implications of Brexit for the investigation and policing of organised crime. The briefing paper is available here and full recommendations on negotiations here

I'm beginning work on an N8 Policing Research Partnership -funded project on Policing Ethics.

Research Supervision

I would be delighted to hear from potential students interested in researching any area of criminal law/justice, particularly in relation to organised crime, corruption, white collar crime, and the presumption of innocence. 

Research Interests

  • Criminal justice
  • Criminal law
  • Law of evidence
  • Organised crime

Selected Publications

Authored book

  • Campbell, Liz & Lynch, Nessa (2015). The Collection and Retention of DNA from Suspects in New Zealand. Victoria University Press.
  • Campbell, Liz (2013). Organised Crime and the Law: A Comparative Analysis. Oxford: Hart.
  • Campbell, Liz, Kilcommins, Shane & O’Sullivan, Catherine (2010). Criminal Law in Ireland: Cases and Commentary. Clarus Press.

Chapter in book

  • Campbell, Liz (2017). Commentary on DPP v. Tiernan. In Northern / Irish Feminist Judgments: Judges' Troubles and the Gendered Politics of Identity. Enright, Máiréad, Mccandleuss, Julie & O'Donoghue, Aoife Hart Publishing.
  • Campbell, Liz (2017). The organisation of corruption in commercial enterprise: Concealing (and revealing) the beneficial ownership of assets. In Corruption in Criminal Enterprise: Law, Theory and Practice. Campbell, Liz & Lord, Nicholas Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Campbell, Liz & Cowan, Sharon (2017). The Relevance of Sexual History and Vulnerability in the Prosecution of Sexual Offences. In Scottish Criminal Evidence Law: Current Developments and Future Trends. Duff, Peter & Ferguson, Pamela Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Campbell, Liz (2016). Organised Crime in Ireland. In The Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology. Healy, D., Hamilton, C., Daly, Y. & Butler, M. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 556-574.

Edited book

  • Campbell, Liz. & Lord, Nicholas. (2017). Corruption in Criminal Enterprise: Law, Theory and Practice. Routledge.

Journal Article

  • Campbell, Liz (Accepted). Current topic: Criminal Records and Human Rights. Criminal Law Review 695-701.
  • Campbell, Liz & Lynch, Nessa (2016). 'To Have and To Have Not': The Retention of DNA for Criminal Justice Purposes in New Zealand. New Zealand Law Review (2 ): 319-356.
  • Campbell, Liz (2016). ‘Corruption by organised crime’ – a matter of definition? Current Legal Problems 69(1): 115-141.
  • Campbell, Liz (2016). Organised crime and corruption in the UK: responding through law. Criminal Law Review 2016(1): 20-34.
  • Campbell, L. (2015). The offence of participating in activities of organised crime group: Section 45 of the Serious Crime Act. Archbold Review 10: 6-9.
  • Campbell, Liz (2014). Organised Crime and the Criminal Justice And Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010. Edinburgh Law Review 18(2): 225-244.
  • Campbell, Liz (2014). Organized crime and national security: a dubious connection. New Criminal Law Review 17(2): 250-251.
  • Campbell, Liz (2014). The Prosecution of Organised Crime: Removing the Jury. The International Journal of Evidence & Proof 18(2): 83-100.
  • Campbell, Liz (2013). Criminal Labels, the European Convention on Human Rights and the Presumption of Innocence. Modern Law Review 76(4): 681-707.
  • Campbell, Liz & Lynch, N. (2012). Competing Paradigms? The Use of DNA Powers in Youth Justice. Youth Justice 12(1): 3-18.
  • Campbell, Liz (2011). "Non-Conviction" DNA Databases and Criminal Justice: A Comparative Analysis. Journal of Commonwealth Criminal Law (1): 55-77.
  • Campbell, Liz (2011). Non-Conviction DNA Databases in the United States and England: Historical Differences, Current Convergences? International Journal of Evidence and Proof 15(4): 281-310.
  • Campbell, Liz (2010). A rights-based analysis of DNA retention: "non-conviction" databases and the liberal state. Criminal Law Review 2010(12): 889-906.
  • Campbell, Liz (2010). DNA Databases and Innocent Persons: Lessons From Scotland? The Juridical Review 2010(4): 285-297.
  • Campbell, Liz (2010). Responding to Gun Crime in Ireland. British Journal of Criminology 50(3): 414-434.
  • Campbell, Liz. (2010). The Recovery of 'Criminal' Assets in New Zealand, Ireland and England: Fighting Organised and Serious Crime in the Civil Realm. Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 15-36.
  • Campbell, Liz. (2008). Organised Crime, Anonymous Witnesses and Fair Trials in Ireland: Responding to R v Davis. International Commentary on Evidence 1-18.
  • Campbell, Liz. (2008). Reconstituting Sentencing Policy in the Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 291-303.

Book review

  • Campbell, Liz (2009). Legal Responses to HIV and AIDS. European Journal of Health Law 16(4): 391-395.

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