Both events are subject to obligatory registration. Certificates of participation will be awarded
Lecture: 'Prosecuting Fraud in the Metropolis, 1760-1820: Some Reflections on Researching Historical Financial Crime'
This lecture presents some of the arguments and findings of Dr Griffiths' forthcoming monograph, Swindlers in the City: a history of fraud prosecutions during the reign of George III. This lecture will give an introduction to the prosecution of crime in eighteenth-century London, with a close focus on the prosecution of fraud. In particular, this lecture will consider who was prosecuting fraud in the eighteenth-century, why these prosecutions were being brought, and other methods the people of London used to protect themselves against fraud.
This lecture will introduce the audience to a range of historical records including a range of greater and lesser known sources including City of London officials’ notes, government financial records, and more obscure materials of contemporary practitioners.
Seminar: 'Criminal Enforcement and White-Collar Crime'
This seminar will act as an introduction to contemporary processes of criminal investigation and regulation in the UK. With a particular focus on the purposes and aims of the criminal justice system and the criminal trial, this interactive seminar will encourage participants to reflect on how and why the criminal justice system is different to other areas of law and what role different actors within the justice system, such as victims and the police, ought to play. The second half of the seminar will apply these discussions and reflections to the UK's current enforcement of fraud and white-collar crime. Participants will be encouraged to draw parallels with Polish regulation of financial crime and criminal trials within Poland.
Dr Cerian Griffiths is a Lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at Lancaster University, UK. Cerian's research concerns many aspects of financial crime, notably the historical prosecution of fraud. Cerian is a former lecturer at Birkbeck College, London and the University of Warsaw. Before being an academic, Cerian worked at a number of UK agencies which prosecuted and regulated fraud and financial misconduct including the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Services Authority, and the Office of Fair Trading