Liz Campbell


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Professor Liz Campbell is the inaugural Francine V McNiff Chair in Criminal Jurisprudence, and Associate Dean (Academic Staffing) in the Law Faculty. She is adjunct professor at her alma mater University College Cork and a visiting full professor at University College Dublin (2024-27). She is convenor of the Monash Transnational Criminal Law Group. 

Liz is expert in corporate crime, organised crime, corruption, and biometric evidence. Her research is socio-legal in considering the law in context, and often involves a comparative dimension. There is an empirical element to some of her work, such as in the 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”.

Liz publishes widely in leading international journals. Her publications include a research monograph on Organised Crime and the Law (Hart, 2013), the fifth edition of The Criminal Process (formerly by Professor Andrew Ashworth and Professor Mike Redmayne) (OUP, 2019), an edited collection on Corruption in Commercial Enterprise (Routledge, 2018), 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 Press, 2020 and 2010).  

She sits on a number of editorial boards and is an Assessor for the Australian Research Council and a member of the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College.

Liz's research has significant impact outside academia. Her research has been cited by the Irish Supreme Court and relied upon in argument before the UK Supreme Court. Her work has also been cited in reports of various law reform commissions.

Liz is an appointed member of the Law Council of Australia's Foreign Corrupt Practices Working Party. She was an appointed member of the Australian Law Reform Commission's Advisory Board for its Review into Australia’s Corporate Criminal Responsibility Regime. She was a member of the UK Home Office Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group (2017-23), and chaired Durham Constabulary's Ethics Committee and sat on the NHS Research Ethics Committee (Scotland). 

Research interests

  • Criminal justice
  • Criminal law

  • Law of evidence

  • Organised crime

Funding for research 

Professor Campbell's research has been funded by the Research Council UK’s Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security, the UK's 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.

She 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, she has developed and enhanced key connections with global scholars. 


Supervision interests

Professor Campbell welcomes potential students interested in researching any area of criminal law/justice, particularly organised crime, corruption, corporate/white collar crime, the presumption of innocence, and biometrics. She especially welcomes students from Asia and the global south.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal law
  • bribery
  • corporate crime

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