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Cerian is interested in supervising legal history projects, crime history projects, and research concerning the prosecution process, particularly the prosecution and regulation of financial crime.

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Research interests

Cerian’s research interests lie in all aspects of financial crime and the wider criminal justice system, including evidence and trial procedure from the eighteenth century to the modern day. Cerian is particularly interested in the prosecution of financial crime, both historically and regarding contemporary offences such as the prosecution of criminal cartels and insider dealing.

Cerian has established a strong research profile, publishing in the field of legal history on topics including the introduction of counsel to criminal trials and the legal profession. Cerian has also published on contemporary criminal doctrine. Cerian has presented nationally and internationally on the prosecution of fraud in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Cerian has maintained a close connection with legal practice and is passionate about research impact and knowledge exchange, as demonstrated by her position as the national expert (UK including Gibraltar) on a DG FISMA commissioned project examining national compliance with EU financial sector Directives (specifically, the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive).

Cerian’s forthcoming publications concern the prosecution of fraud and financial crime from the eighteenth century to the modern day. Cerian’s research is deeply inter-disciplinary, incorporating historical research with more traditional legal historical topics such as the doctrinal underpinnings of financial crime. Cerian also undertakes to incorporate wider historical methods into her research through the application of Marxist historical theory.

Cerian is equally interested in modern-day prosecutions and is particularly researching the prosecution and regulation of insider dealing.


Initially graduating in Government from the London School of Economics, Cerian was called to the Bar in 2007 and went on to work for a number of prosecution agencies including the Serious Fraud Agency, the Financial Services Authority, and the Office of Fair Trading. Cerian taught criminal law and legal methods, and lectured in evidence law at Birkbeck College, University of London before taking up a lecturing position in law at the University of Warsaw.

Cerian was award her PhD in 2017, the title of which was ‘Prosecuting Fraud in the Metropolis, 1760-1820’. This thesis was carried out at the University of Liverpool as part of the AHRC funded project, The Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments, 1780-1925.

From 2017 to 2019, Cerian was a national expert (UK including Gibraltar) on a DG FISMA commissioned project examining national compliance with EU financial sector Directives (specifically, the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive)

Cerian is currently writing her monograph, Prosecuting London’s Fraudsters 1760-1820: Swindlers, Tricksters and the Law, (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2022)

Education/Academic qualification

Not Specified, PhD

1 Dec 201731 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Dec 2017

External positions

Birkbeck University of London

1 Dec 2017 → …


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