School of Law

The Criminal Assets Bureau: A Paradigmatic Shift in Policing "Organised" Crime in Ireland

02 February 2010 | 5.00pm | Seminar
Beech Grove House, University of Leeds

In Ireland, the Criminal Assets Bureau brings together State officials from the Garda Síochána (Police), Revenue Commissioners and Social Welfare under the umbrella of one multi-agency body, without traditional barriers to cooperation hindering their work. The Bureau is much more than a multi-agency body. It is, essentially, a policing unit that is able to harness the powers and resources of separate agencies to pursue policing objectives.

This presentation will consider the coming together of officials from distinct State agencies, the rationale behind such a move, and its implications (namely, the concentration of the extensive powers of the various agencies in what is one of the most powerful agencies in the State). It will analyse the gradual creep of Bureau activities beyond the realm of organised criminal activity, as it develops for itself a much broader remit.

Colin King joined the University of Leeds in September 2009 from the School of Law at the University of Limerick where he also pursued his doctoral research. His PhD analyses the operation of civil forfeiture in Ireland. He is currently conducting research on substantive, procedural and institutional responses to the problem of serious/ organised criminal activity.

Location Details

Seminar Room
Beech Grove House
University of Leeds


Beech Grove House is number 33 on the Campus Map.

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