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Dr Colin King

Post:Reader (Law)

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Colin is Senior Lecturer in Law and co-Founding Director of the Crime Research Centre.

In March 2016, Colin gave oral evidence at the Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into the Proceeds of Crime Act. He is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College (2015-), on the editorial board of the Lloyds Law Reports: Financial Crime (2015-), and an Academic Fellow at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (2014-).

Over the next two years, Colin will be working on the following projects:

  1. Editing The Handbook of Criminal and Terrorism Financing Law (King, Walker, and Gurulé, eds for submission in Spring 2017).
  2. A comparative analysis of civil recovery in Ireland and the UK to be published as a book by OUP in 2018.
  3. A British Academy funded project entitled ‘Corruption, Dirty Capital, and the London Property Market’ (with Liz David-Barrett and Dan Hough, both Politics).
  4. from October 2017, an AHRC Leadership Fellowship for empirical research on civil recovery law and practice.


Colin was P.I. on AHRC-funded research network (2014-16) entitled ‘Dirty Assets: Experiences, reflections, and lessons learnt from a decade of legislation on criminal money laundering and terrorism financing’ (co-Investigator: Prof. Clive Walker).

In 2013, Colin acted as National Expert (Ireland) 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’.

In 2011, Colin was a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Criminology, University of Sydney. That year, he also acted as a consultant to an independent review of unexplained wealth orders commissioned by the US National Institute of Justice.


His teaching is in the areas of: Law of Evidence; Financial Crime; Banking Law; and Anti-Corruption.

His current administrative roles are co-Director of the Crime Research Centre; Academic Lead, Research Funding (Domestic); and Member of the School Research Committee. Previously, he was Academic Lead for both the Sussex Salon Series and the Sussex Justice Project.

Colin has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council; the British Academy; the Irish Research Council; the JP McManus Foundation; the Modern Law Review; and the Worldwide Universities Network.


Colin joined the University of Sussex in January 2015. Prior to that, he was Lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester (2012 - 2015), Lecturer in Criminal Law and Evidence at the University of Leeds (2009 - 2012) and Director of the University of Leeds Innocence Project.


To see some of his publications, see Colin's page: or his SSRN page:


List of Publications (selected)

Edited Collection:

“The Handbook of Criminal and Terrorism Financing Law” (Colin King, Clive Walker, and Jimmy Gurulé, eds) (Palgrave, IN PRESS). 47 chapters. 

Dirty Assets: Emerging Issues in the Regulation of Criminal and Terrorist Assets” (Colin King and Clive Walker, eds) (Ashgate, Farnham, 2014) (Law, Justice and Power Series. Series Editor: Austin Sarat). 

Articles/ Book Chapters

Expediency, Legitimacy, and the Rule of Law: A Systems Perspective on Civil/ Criminal Procedural Hybrids” (with Dr Jen Hendry) Criminal Law and Philosophy DOI: 10.1007/s11572-016-9405-6. Advance Online Access. 

“The Difficulties of Belief Evidence and Anonymity in Practice – Challenges for Asset Recovery” in The Handbook of Criminal and Terrorism Financing Law (Palgrave, In Press, 10,863 words).

“Civil Forfeiture in Ireland – Two Decades of the Proceeds of Crime Act and the Criminal Assets Bureau” In K. Ligeti and M. Simonato (eds), Chasing Criminal Money in the EU (Hart Publishing, 2017) pp.77-99.  

“The Georgian non-conviction based approach to seizing proceeds of corruption receives judicial imprimatur from the ECtHR – Gogitidze v Georgia” (2016) Lloyds Law Reports: Financial Crime 427-431.

“Insider Dealing and Criminal Benefit: A Question of Proportionality?” (2015) 9 Lloyds Law Reports: Financial Crime 651-654.

Counter Terrorism Financing: A redundant fragmentation?” (with Prof. Clive Walker) (2015) 6(3) New Journal of European Criminal Law 372-395.

 “How Far Is Too Far? Theorising Non Conviction Based Asset Forfeiture” (with Dr Jen Hendry) (2015) 11(4) International Journal of Law in Context 398-411.

“Legal Responses to Organised Crime in Ireland: Erosion of Due Process Values” ( in Petrus van Duyne et al (eds) The relativity of wrongdoing: Corruption, organised crime, fraud and money laundering in perspective (Wolf Legal Publishers, Nijmegen, 2015) pp.105-126. 

“Fang and Tantular v HM Attorney General – whether assets of a discretionary trust are ‘realisable property’ of a discretionary beneficiary for the purposes of a Jersey restraint order (saisie judiciaire)” (2015) 3 Lloyds Law Reports: Financial Crime 191-193.

“Belief Evidence and Informer Privilege: Revisited in Strasbourg” (2014) 18(4) International Journal of Evidence and Proof 340-352.

Civil Forfeiture and Article 6 of the ECHR: Due Process Implications for England and Wales and Ireland” (2014) 34(3) Legal Studies 371-394.

“‘Hitting Back’ at Organised Crime: The Adoption of Civil Forfeiture in Ireland” in King and Walker (eds) Dirty Assets: Emerging Issues in the Regulation of Criminal and Terrorist Assets (Ashgate, Farnham, 2014) pp.141-164.

“Emerging Issues in the Regulation of Criminal and Terrorist Assets” (with Prof. Clive Walker) in King and Walker (eds) Dirty Assets: Emerging Issues in the Regulation of Criminal and Terrorist Assets (Ashgate, Farnham, 2014) pp.3-23.

The Seizure of Illicit Assets: Patterns of Civil Forfeiture in Canada and Ireland” (with Dr Michelle Gallant) (2013) 42 Common Law World Review 91-109.

The disruption of crime in Scotland through non-conviction based asset forfeiture” (with Martin Collins) (2013) 16(4) Journal of Money Laundering Control 379-388.

“The National Crime Agency” (2013) 16(4) Journal of Money Laundering Control 288-289.

“Follow The Money Trail: ‘Civil’ Forfeiture of ‘Criminal’ Assets in Ireland” in Petrus van Duyne et al (eds) Human Dimensions in Organised Crime, Money Laundering, and Corruption (Wolf Legal Publishers, Nijmegen, 2013) pp.265-291.

Using Civil Processes In Pursuit of Criminal Law Objectives: A Case Study of Non-Conviction Based Asset Forfeiture” (2012) 16(4) International Journal of Evidence and Proof 337-363.

“Measuring the Level of Crime” (2008) 18(3) Irish Criminal Law Journal 62-69.

“The Right to a Fair Trial vs The Claim of Privilege” (2007) 17(1) Irish Criminal Law Journal 17-23.