On Monday 17th June, the Centre for Crime, Justice & Victim Studies in the School of Law hosted a CPD seminar on ‘Investigating and Prosecuting White collar Crime’ for local practitioners and others with an interest in the area. Professor Liz Campbell, Francine McNiff Chair in Criminal Jurisprudence, Monash University, delivered a very insightful paper entitled “Trying Corporations: Why not Prosecute” which inter alia examined the proposed Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPA) for the Irish criminal justice process. This was followed by two presentations on the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB): Chief Bureau Officer, Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Clavin, provided a detailed overview of the functions and objectives of CAB and this was followed by a presentation on the legislative framework and some recent white collar crime cases by Kevin McMeel, Principal Solicitor, Criminal Assets’ Section, Chief State Solicitor’s Office. The event was chaired by Mr Justice John Edwards, Judge of the Court of Appeal and Adjunct Professor in the School of Law. There was a very good attendance by local practitioners, staff and students from the School of Law and members of An Garda Síochána who gained valuable insights into this important area of criminal justice and benefited greatly from the exchange of ideas during the discussion that followed the presentations.
The CPD seminar was convened by Dr Ger Coffey, Lecturer in Law and member of the Centre for Crime, Justice & Victim Studies.
Pictured: Professor Shane Kilcommins, Head, School of Law, Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Clavin, Professor Liz Campbell, Kevin McMeel and Dr Ger Coffey.