Global Crime, Justice and Security Research Group

Members of the Global Crime, Justice and Security Research Group (GCJS) are actively involved in a wide range of related areas, as well as numerous research funded projects and knowledge exchange activities. GCJS provides a forum for research activity within Bristol Law School and we support our members in the development and implementation of their research and other scholarly activity. We actively support research funding applications and encourage collaboration both within the group, the wider research community, related practitioners and key stakeholders.

Key research themes

The Global Crime, Justice and Security Research Group provides a forum for research activity in the field of financial crime, criminal justice and procedure, serious organised crime and cyber security. The main objective of this Research Group is to advance research and teaching and explore the role of law in meeting contemporary issues.

  • Criminal justice and procedure
  • Terrorism financing and money laundering
  • Corporate governance and economic cime
  • Tax evasion
  • Collective security
  • International organised crime and organised crime control
  • Illicit firearms trafficking
  • Drug trafficking
  • Organised crime in the global south
  • Criminal law
  • Fraud, bribery and corruption
  • The media and court reporting
  • Human trafficking

Aim of the Research Group

The aim of GCJS is to promote self-funded exceptional research with impact and contribute towards research led teaching, knowledge exchange activities, the provision of appropriate training and closer collaboration between academia and stakeholders. 

The Group's proposed areas of activity include, but are not limited to, criminal justice, organised crime, cyber security, financial crime and terrorism. The activities of GCJS include undertaking library-based and empirical research; reacting to new strategies at a local, regional, national and international level; and responding to legislative and policy proposals by the government, European institutions and other international agencies. Group members also support various courses in the field from undergraduate to postgraduate level, notably:

  • Financial Crime and Regulation (LLB Year 3 option)
  • Commercial Law (LLB Year 2 option)
  • International Financial Crime (LLM module)
  • International Banking and Finance Law (LLM module)
  • Sexual Offences and Offending (LLB Year 3 option)
  • Criminal Procedure and Punishment (LLB Year 2 option)
  • Organised Crime and Criminal Justice (LLB Year 3 option)

View a snapshot of the work and research portfolio of our Research Group.

Research with impact

GJCS members have conducted research on a broad number of issues.  One of the key aspects of this research is its impact beyond academia which includes the criminal justice system and efforts to tackle financial crime.

GCJS research with impact


Members of the GCJS Research Group have obtained research funding from several sources including the European Commission, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, the Economic and Social Research Council, ICT Wilmington PLC, the City of London Police, Universities South West, France Telecom Group, the Socio-Legal Studies Association and Cancer Research UK.

Staff members

Doctoral student members

  • Salman Aljawder (Faculty of Business and Law)
  • Andrew Baker (Faculty of Business and Law)
  • Monika Baronak-Atkins (Faculty of Business and Law)
  • Viri Chauhan (Faculty of Business and Law)
  • Hiep Duong (Faculty of Business and Law)
  • Nkechinyere Egbune (Faculty of Business and Law)
  • Alan Johnstone (Faculty of Business and Law)
  • Charlie Robson (Faculty of Business and Law)
  • Komkrich Silathong (Faculty of Business and Law)
  • Anneleise Williams (Faculty of Business and Law)

Series editorship

Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice and Procedure

The Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice and Procedure series is edited by Dr Ed Johnston and deals with all aspects of criminal justice and procedure in both practical and theoretical terms. Books may examine issues such as the use of police powers, the rights of the suspect during the police investigation, access to legal advice and the trial process. Many jurisdictions have seen substantial changes to their criminal justice systems which often have ramifications for due process safeguards.

From a theoretical standpoint, the series invites analyses of the way in which different jurisdictions make changes to their justice systems, highlighting and examining the ramifications of such changes. The series welcomes contributions from scholars from all jurisdictions thereby creating an opportunity for novel cross-jurisdictional scholarly collaboration.

The Law of Financial Crime

The Law of Financial Crime series, edited by Professor Nicholas Ryder, is the first to be dedicated to the law of financial, or economic, crime and offers a platform for important and original research in this area. Books in the series will cover traditional subjects of financial crime including money laundering, terrorist financing, fraud, market abuse, insider dealing, market manipulation, tax evasion, bribery and corruption. But broader legal and regulatory issues will also be covered as well as emerging areas of concern such as the risks to stability of the financial system posed by financial crime.

Emphasis will be placed on comparative approaches to the subject considering legislation across a number of jurisdictions as well as international regulations where appropriate, giving the series a truly global outlook. 

Financial Crime and Cyber Crime Research Network

The Financial Crime and Cyber Crime Research Network is a network of scholars based in the Global Crime, Justice and Security Research Group (UWE Bristol), the Computer Science Research Centre (UWE Bristol) and externals. Members of the Network are actively engaged in a wide range of research concerning many forms of financial crime and cyber security, as well as numerous funded projects and knowledge exchange activities.

Financial Crime and Cyber Crime Research Network

Contact us

If you are interested in the work of the Global Crime, Justice and Security Research Group, please contact:

Professor Nicholas Ryder
Head of Global Crime, Justice and Security Research Group
UWE Bristol
Frenchay Campus
Coldharbour Lane
BS16 1QY


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