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Liz Campbell

(Former employee or visitor)

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

I welcome proposals for postgraduate research in the areas of comparative criminal law and justice, counter-organised crime law/policy, money laundering law, and the presumption of innocence.

Area of Expertise

Research expertisecriminal law, criminal justice , organized crime


I research and teach in the field of criminal law/justice, with a particular interest in the legal responses to organised crime, DNA databases, and the presumption of innocence. 

I joined Edinburgh Law School in 2012 as senior lecturer in criminal law and evidence, after being based at the University of Aberdeen since 2007. Prior to this I carried out doctoral study at University College Cork as a Government of Ireland scholar. 

In 2011 I was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to support my work on the legal reactions to organised crime in the UK and Ireland, and spent 2011-12 at the University of Maryland. The resulting monograph Organised Crime and the Law: A Comparative Analysis was published by Hart in 2013. I have also spent time as a visiting scholar at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and visited New York University as a researcher.

In 2013, I was appointed the UK National Expert for a study commissioned by the European Commission, entitled: ‘Study on paving the way for future policy initiatives in the field of the fight against organised crime – effectiveness of specific criminal law measures targeting organised crime’.

I frequently provide expert commentary for local and national media, and was a key participant in an RTE documentary on organised crime in Ireland. I tweet at @lizjcampbell. 


Research outputs

  1. Organised Crime

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. Organised crime and corruption in the UK: Responding through law

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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Research activities & awards

  1. Submission to call for written evidence on the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill

    Activity: Consultancy typesProviding oral or written evidence for non-academic board, committee, working group or advisory panel

  2. Current Legal Problems lecture on "Corruption by Organised Crime"

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. European Society of Criminology, 15th Annual Conference

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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