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Theme: Security

A strategic approach to Security challenges of the 21st Century

The Security Research Theme at Abertay University is a research initiative that provides an interconnected and interdisciplinary research platform to address the important key local, national and international priorities we face affecting our security. The Theme focus on security aspects related to quality of life, crime, technology and access to justice. The Security Theme departure point is the assumption that solutions to the challenges we face today require evidence-based research, basic and applied research that are able to reach across traditional academic boundaries and that can reach a variety of interested parties such as law enforcement agencies, industry actors or citizens. Abertay is well placed to deliver high-quality research able to offer these solutions, due to the emphasis and expertise in a number of key areas which include:

  • Cyber Security
  • Forensic Science
  • Law
  • Forensic Psychology

For general information about the Abertay Security Theme please contact Dr. Stefano De Paoli .

Further details about the members, research activities, conferences, projects and publications of each of the key Security areas at Abertay are provided in the tabs below.

The Security Theme is engaged in the Abertay R-Lincs Strategy via the following PhD & Master Projects:

Addressing the fundamental problems of cyber-security through anti-patterns
Student: Tayyaba Nafees (Cybersecurity)

The social and organizational construction of ethical hacking
Student: Jason Johnstone (Cybersecurity/Sociology)

Securing Cyberspace: development and validation of a novel research evaluation tool based on individual predispositions
Student: Samuela Bolgan (Psychology/Cybersecurity)

Multiple missing: an exploration of behavioural consistency in repeat missing adults
Student: Claire Taylor (Psychology)

DISCO - Dishonesty at self-service checkouts
Student: Susan Creighton (Psychology/Sociology)

The chemical and physical characterisation of illicit tablets and development of a statistical model to identify populations within the illegal supply chain
Student: Mae MacDougall Heasman (Forensic Science)

Cybersecurity

As the world moves online, new opportunities for computer misuse and criminal activity have arisen.  To keep our increasingly cyber-dependant society safe and secure, researchers in cybersecurity must constantly keep abreast of current threats in order to innovate new and better ways to counter them. At Abertay, home of the world’s first undergraduate degree in Ethical Hacking, thanks to our close links to industry, we have a unique applied perspective on cybersecurity. Our Security Research Group (lead by Dr Ian Ferguson - Senior Lecturer in Cybersecurity)  views the issue as an arms-race with constantly evolving threats and responses.  This view is based around a cybersecurity life-cycle model of information systems that sees each phase feeding forward to the next.

  • In the "Build" phase, systems are created/re-engineered to be robust and reliable. This requires what we term "defensive security" knowledge.  
  • In the "Operation/attack" phase systems are deployed and are attacked both by those who are simply testing the system and by those who genuinely seek to compromise it. The knowledge and abilities associated with this we term "offensive security".  
  • In the "Investigation" phase, security incidents are examined to understand their root causes and consequent vulnerabilities.  Knowledge is fed forward into the "Build" phase of the next generation of more secure systems.  

Traditionally, cybersecurity research has focused on cryptography and the creation of ever-stronger cyphers. That, however, is only one aspect of the problem. We welcome applications for PhD study from those who share our applied view of cybersecurity and wish to explore novel and exciting ways of keeping cyber-society safe. At Abertay we have particular interests, which include:  

  • Usable Security - How can security concepts be applied in a way that doesn't interfere with the way people want to work with cybersystems? 
  • Ethical Hacking - How can system best be subjected to security testing?
  • Digital Forensics - How can the actions of cybercriminal be recreated in a sound manner suitable for court? -
  • Hardware Security - How can the low-level features of systems lead to secure/unsecure systems?
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Security - The internet is only just beginning. How can we make it secure as it grows to include smartgrid, smart-devices etc?
  • Digital Rights Management/Privacy - How can (big!) data be made available in a traceable, secure manner?    

 

Examples of current and previous projects as well as details of SRG members can be found at the SRG's own website.

For general information about the Cybersecurity Area please contact Dr Ian Ferguson

 

Current R-Lincs PhD Projects

Title: Addressing the fundamental problems of cyber-security through anti-patterns

Student: Tayyaba Nafees

 

Title: The social and organizational construction of ethical hacking

Student: Jason Johnstone

 

Recent publications

Coull N, Archibald J: Defence Against the Dark Arts: A University Wide Module to Educate the Masses. HEA National Conference on Learning and Teaching in Cyber Security Conference, Birmingham, 2016

Coull N, Donald I, Ferguson RI, Keanne E, Mitchell T, Smith O, Stevenson E, Tomkins P: On the use of serious games technology to facilitate large-scale training in cybercrime response, CEPOL2016 European Police and Science Conference 2016 - Global Trends in law enforcement training and education, Budapest, 2016

Bellekens XJA, Hamilton A, Seeam P, Nieradzinska K, Franssen Q, Seeam A: Pervasive eHealth services a security and privacy risk awareness survey. CyberSA 2016: 1-4 

Shepherd LA, Archibald J, Ferguson RI: Reducing Risky Security Behaviours: Utilising Affective Feedback to Educate Users. Future Internet 2014, 6, 760-772.

Bellekens XJA, Paul G, Tachtatzis C, Irvine J, Atkinson RC: Strategies for Protecting Intellectual Property when Using CUDA Applications on Graphics Processing Units. SIN 2016: 166-173 

De Paoli S, Ball L, Coull N, Isaacs J MacDonald A, Letham J: Authenticity by Design. Reflections on researching, designing and teaching Socialbots. Accepted for publication in Gehl R. and Bakardjieva M. (eds.) Socialbots and their friends (to be published by Routledge in 2016)

Sutherland, JA: Cryptographic File System Access Control and Rapid Secure Deletion, ESSOS16 Doctoral Symposium, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2016

Hales, G (thesis): Assisting Digital Forensic Analysis via Exploratory Information Visualisation, 2015

Sutherland JA, Coull N, MacLeod A: CPU covert channel accessible from JavaScript, Proceedings of Cyberforensics 2014, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, pp7-14, 2014

Shepherd LA, Archibald J, Ferguson RI: Reducing risky security behaviours: utilising affective feedback to educate users, Proceedings of Cyberforensics 2014, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 2014

Bayne E, Ferguson RI, Isaacs J: OpenCL Acceleration of Digital Forensic Methods, Proceedings of Cyberforensics 2014, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow 2014

Ball LD, Ewan G, Coull NJ: Undermining: social engineering using open source intelligence gathering. In: A.L.N. Fred and J. Filipe, eds. KDIR 2012: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Information Retrieval, Barcelona, Spain, October 4 - 7. pp.275-280, 2012

Walker N, Coull NJ, Ferguson RI, Milne, A: On the use of Design Patterns to Capture Memory Corruption Vulnerabilities. 1st International Conference on CyberPatterns, July 2012    

 

 

 

 

Forensic Psychology

Forensic Psychology plays an important role in all aspects of the criminal justice system by drawing on many areas of psychological science. Our researchers focus on a range of areas including: investigative psychology, behavioural profiling, missing people, equivocal death investigation, risk assessment, effective police training and guidelines, multiplex video environments, CCTV, camouflage, and individual differences. The research group includes registered forensic and chartered psychologists, expert witnesses, and researchers.
 
Dr Penny Woolnough, a Registered Forensic Psychologist and member of this group, is also Associate Director of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research with responsibility for Evidence and Investigation (see: www.sipr.ac.uk).

 

Current R-Lincs PhD Projects

Title: Securing Cyberspace: development and validation of a novel research evaluation tool based on individual predispositions

Student: Samuela Bolgan

 

Title: DISCO - Dishonesty at self-service checkouts

Student: Susan Creighton


Title: Multiple missing: behavioural consistency in repeat missing adults

Student: Claire Taylor

 

Forensic Psychology recent publications

Stevenson, O., Parr., H. and Woolnough, P. (2017). Missing women: understanding geographies of gendered absence. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.
 
Bonny, E., Almond, L. and Woolnough, P. (2016). Adult missing persons: Can an investigative framework be generated using behavioural themes? Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling. 13(3), 296-312.
 
Parr, H., Stevenson, O. and Woolnough, P (2016). Searching for missing people: families living with ambiguous absence. Emotion, Space and Society, 19, 66-75.
 
Woolnough, P. S., Stevenson, O. Parr, H and Fyfe, N. (2016) ‘Geographies of missing adults’, in K. Shalev-Greene and L. Alys (eds.) Missing Persons: A Handbook of Research. London: Ashgate.
 
Woolnough, P. S. and Gibb, G. J. (2016) ‘Geographies of missing children’ in K. Shalev-Greene and L. Alys (eds.) Missing Persons: A Handbook of Research. London: Ashgate.
 
Fyfe, N., Parr, H., Stevenson O. and Woolnough, P. (2015). To the end of the world: Space, place, and missing Persons Investigations. Policing, 9(3), 275-283.
 
Parr, H., Stevenson, O., Fyfe, N. and Woolnough, P. (2015). Living absence: the strange geographies of missing people. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 33(2), 191-208.
 
Fyfe, N, Stevenson, O. and Woolnough, P. (2015) Missing persons: the processes and challenges of police investigation. Policing and Society, 25(4), 409-425.
 
Woolnough, P., Stevenson, O. and Parr, H. (2015). Investigating missing persons: learning from interviews with families. Journal of Homicide and Major Crime Investigation, 10(1), 1-13.
 
Woolnough, P., Stevenson, O. and Parr, H. (2015). Investigating missing persons: learning from interviews with missing persons. Journal of Homicide and Major Crime Investigation, 9 (2), 14-25.
 
Woolnough, P. S., Alys, L. and Pakes, F. (2016) ‘Mental health issues and missing adults’, in K. Shalev-Greene and L. Alys (eds.) Missing Persons: A Handbook of Research. London: Ashgate.

Creighton, S., Johnson, G., Robertson, P., Law, J., & Szymkowiak, A. (2015). Dishonest behaviour at self-service checkouts.LNCS,  HCI International 2015, Los Angeles.

Shovman, M., Bown, J., Szymkowiak, A., & Scott-Brown, K. C. (2015, April). Twist and Learn: Interface Learning in 3DOF Exploration of 3D Scatterplots. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems(pp. 313-316). ACM. 

Coricelli, G., Rusconi, E., Villeval, M.-C. (2014). Tax evasion and emotions in repeated interactions: An empirical test of re-integrative shaming theory. Journal of Economic Psychology 40, 49-61.

 

Previous Forensic Psychology publications

Brubacher, S. & La Rooy, D. (2013). Witness recall across repeated interviews in a case of repeated abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2013.06.010.

La Rooy, D., Nicol, A. & Terry, P. (2013). Intoxicated eyewitnesses: The effects of alcohol on eyewitness recall across repeated interviews. Open Journal of Medical Psychology, 2, 107-114.

 La Rooy, D., & Block, S. (2013). The importance of scientifically analysing the quality of Joint Investigative Interviews (JIIs) conducted with children in Scotland. Scots Law Times, 10, 77-78.

La Rooy, D., Nicol, A., Scott-Brown, K., & Carson, D. (2013). An overview of research and KE at the University of Abertay Dundee. Scottish Institute for Policing Research Annual Report.

La Rooy, D., Earhart, R., & Nicol, A. (2013). Joint Investigative Interviews (JIIs) conducted with children in Scotland: A comparison of the quality of interviews conducted before and after the introduction of the Scottish Executive (2011) guidelines. Scots Law Times, 31, 4-10. Lovell, P. G., Ruxton, G. D., Langridge, K.V., & Spencer, K. A. (2013). Egg-laying substrate selection for optimal camouflage by quail. Current Biology 23 (3), 260-264.

Odinot, G., Memon, A., La Rooy, D., & Millen, A. (2013). Are two interviews better than one? Eyewitness memory across repeated cognitive interviews. PLoS ONE, 8, 1-7.

Rusconi, E., Dervinis, M., Verbruggen, F. & Chambers, C.D. 2013, "Critical time course of right frontoparietal involvement in mental number space", Journal of cognitive neuroscience, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 465-483.

Stainer M.J., Scott-Brown, K.C. and Tatler B.W. (2013) Looking for trouble: a description of oculomotor search strategies during live CCTV operation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7: 615. Special Issue on Neuroscience perspectives on Security: Technology, Detection and Decision Making.

Stainer M. J., Scott-Brown, K. C. and Tatler, B. W. (2013) Behavioural biases when viewing multiplexed scenes: scene structure and frames of reference for inspection. Frontiers in Psychology 4:624. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00624

Orbach, Y., Lamb, M. E., La Rooy, D., & Pipe, M-E. (2012). A case study of witness consistency across multiple investigative interviews. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26, 118-129.

La Rooy, D., Nicol, A., Halley, J., & Lamb, M. E. (2012). Joint investigative interviews with children in Scotland. Scots Law Times, 30, 175-184.

Ridley, A. M., Gabbert, F., & La Rooy, D. J. (2012).  Suggestibility in Legal Contexts: What do we know? In A. M. Ridley, F. Gabbert, & D. J. La Rooy (Eds.).Suggestibility in Legal Contexts: Psychological Research and Forensic Implications (pp. 217-228). Wiley-Blackwell.

La Rooy, D. J., Brown, D., & Lamb, M. E. (2012).  Suggestibility and witness interviewing using the Cognitive Interview and NICHD Protocol.  In A. M. Ridley, F. Gabbert, & D. J. La Rooy (Eds.). Suggestibility in Legal Contexts: Psychological Research and Forensic Implications (pp. 197-216). Wiley-Blackwell.

Gabbert, F. & La Rooy, D. (2012). An overview of research and KE on interviewing techniques at University of Abertay Dundee. Scottish Institute for Policing Research Annual Report.

Halley, J. & La Rooy, D. (2012). Keep to protocol. Family Law Bulletin, Summer, 4-5.

A. Ridley, F. Gabbert & D. J. La Rooy (Eds.) (2012). Suggestibility in Legal Contexts: Psychological Research and Forensic Implications. Wiley-Blackwell.

Carson, D., Lindsay, W.R., Holland, A.J., Taylor, J.L., O'Brien, G., Wheeler, J.R., Steptoe, L. & Johnston, S. 2012, "Sex offenders with intellectual disability referred to levels of community and secure provision: comparison and prediction of pathway", Legal and Criminological Psychology, 

Lovell, P.G., Bloj, M. & Harris, J.M. 2012, "Optimal integration of shading and binocular disparity for depth perception",Journal of vision, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 10.1167/12.1.1.

La Rooy, D., Lamb, M. E., & Memon, A. (2011) Forensic interviews with children in Scotland: A survey of interview practice among police. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 26, 26-34.

La Rooy, D. (2011, Autumn). [Review of Involuntary autobiographical memories: An introduction to the unbidden past, by D. Berntsen]. Social Psychological Review, 13, 30-31.

Cederborg, A-C., Hultman, E., & La Rooy, D. (2011). The quality of details when children and youths with intellectual disabilities are interviewed about their abuse experiences. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 1-13.

La Rooy, D., & Lamb, M. E. (2011). What happens when interviewers ask repeated questions in forensic interviews with children alleging abuse? Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 26, 20-25.

Malloy, L. C., La Rooy, D. J., & Lamb, M. E. (2011). Facilitating effective participation by children in the legal system. In M. E. Lamb, D. J. La Rooy, L. C. Malloy, & C. Katz (Eds.), Children’s Testimony: A Handbook of Psychological Research and Forensic Practice (pp. 423-429). Wiley-Blackwell.

Stewart, H., Katz, C., & La Rooy, D. J. (2011). Training forensic interviewers. In M. E. Lamb, D. J. La Rooy, L. C. Malloy, & C. Katz (Eds.), Children’s Testimony: A Handbook of Psychological Research and Forensic Practice (pp. 199-216). Wiley-Blackwell.

Rusconi, E., Bueti, D., Walsh, V. & Butterworth, B. 2011, "Contribution of frontal cortex to the spatial representation of number", Cortex, vol. 47, no. 1, pp. 2-13.

La Rooy, D. J. Malloy, L. C., & Lamb, M. E. (2011). The development of memory in childhood. In M. E. Lamb, D. J. La Rooy, L. C. Malloy, & C. Katz (Eds.), Children’s Testimony: A Handbook of Psychological Research and Forensic Practice (pp. 49-68). Wiley-Blackwell.

Malloy, L. C., La Rooy, D. J., Lamb, M. E., & Katz, C. (2011). Developmentally sensitive interviewing for legal purposes. In M. E. Lamb, D. J. La Rooy, L. C. Malloy, & C. Katz (Eds.), Children’s Testimony: A Handbook of Psychological Research and Forensic Practice (pp. 1-13). Wiley-Blackwell.

Lamb, M. E., Malloy, L. C., & La Rooy, D. J. (2011). Setting realistic expectations: Developmental characteristics, capacities, and limitations. In M. E. Lamb, D. J. La Rooy, L. C. Malloy, & C. Katz (Eds.), Children’s Testimony: A Handbook of Psychological Research and Forensic Practice (pp. 15-48). Wiley-Blackwell.

M. E. Lamb, D. J. La Rooy, L. C. Malloy, & C. Katz (Eds.) (2011). Children’s Testimony: A Handbook of Psychological Research and Forensic Practice. Wiley-Blackwell.

 

Forensic Science

Forensic Science plays an important role in the criminal justice system.  The correct recovery, analysis, logical interpretation and presentation of evidence are crucial for the use of forensic science in the legal system.  Forensic evidence can take any shape or form depending on the circumstances of the case. The most commonly encountered evidence types are DNA, fingermarks, footwear impressions, tool marks, glass, fibres, paint, gunshot residue, bullets and cartridges, accelerants, drugs, blood and other bodily fluids.

Our experts in Forensic Science conduct research into many evidence types together with evaluation within the context of real cases. Members in the forensic science team include a mix of academics, researchers, former police officers, crime scene examiners, and forensic scientists. Research is conducted in collaboration with the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) and the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST). The group includes Prof. David Bremner, Dr. Ben JonesDr Kevin Farrugia, Dr Keith SturrockDr. Joanna Fraser, Mrs. Isobel Stewart, Mr. Darren Phillips, Dr. Rebecca FennessyMr. Dennis Gentles and Prof. Graham Jackson

For general information about the Forensic Science area please contact Dr Kevin Farrugia 

 

Current R-Lincs PhD Projects

Title: The chemical and physical characterisation of illicit tablets and development of a statistical model to identify populations within the illegal supply chain

Student: Mae MacDougall Heasman

 

Title: Detection, analysis and clinical application of sperm biochemical profile using High performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

Student: Rachel McBrinn

 

Forensic Science publications

McAllister, P., Graham, E.A., Deacon, P., Farrugia, K.J. The Effect of Mark Enhancement Techniques on the Subsequent Detection of Saliva, Science & Justice, Science & Justice, 2016, 56 (5), 305-320. 

Stewart, V., Deacon, P., Farrugia, K.J. A review of one-step fluorescent cyanoacrylate techniques, Fingerprint Whorld, 2016, 41 (162), 6-29.

Bibi, S.; Bremner, D.H.; Macdougall-Heasman, M.; Reid, R.; Simpson, K.; Tough, A.; Waddell, S.; Stewart, I.J.; Matthews, K.H. A preliminary investigation to group disparate batches of licit and illicit diazepam tablets using differential scanning calorimetry. Analytical Methods, 2015, 7 (20), 8597–8604.

Farrugia, K.J., Fraser, J., Friel, L., Adams, D., Attard-Montalto, N., Deacon, P.  A comparison between atmospheric/humidity and vacuum cyanoacrylate fuming of latent fingermarks, Forensic Science International, 2015, 257, 54-70

McMorris, H., Farrugia, K.J., Gentles, D. An investigation into the detection of latent marks on the feathers and eggs of birds of prey, Science & Justice, 2015, 55 (2), 90-96

Simmons, R.K., Deacon, P., Phillips, D., Farrugia, K.J. The Effect of Mark Enhancement Techniques on the Subsequent Detection of Semen/Spermatozoa, Forensic Science International, 2014, 244, 231-246

Hammell, L., Deacon, P., Farrugia, K.J. Chemical enhancement of soil-based marks on non-porous surfaces followed by gelatin lifting, Journal of Forensic Identification, 2014, 64 (6), 583-608

Munro, M., Deacon, P., Farrugia K.J. A preliminary investigation into the use of alginates for the lifting and enhancement of fingermarks in blood, 2014, Science & Justice.

Farrugia, K.J., Deacon, P., Fraser, J. Evaluation of Lumicyano(TM) cyanoacrylate fuming process for the development of latent fingermarks on plastic carrier bags by means of a pseudo operational comparative trial, 2014, Science & Justice, In Press

Simmons, R.K., Deacon, P., Farrugia, K.J. Water-Soaked Porous Evidence: A Comparison of Processing Methods, Journal of Forensic Identification, 2014, 64 (2), 157-173.

Previous Forensic Science Publications

Ferguson, S., Nicholson, L., Farrugia, K.J., Bremner, D., Gentles, D., A Preliminary Investigation into the Acquisition of Fingerprints on Food, Science & Justice, 2013, 53 (1), 67-72

Farrugia, K.J., Bandey, H.L., Nic Daéid, N., A Comparison of Enhancement Techniques for Footwear Impressions on Dark and Patterned Fabrics, Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2013, 58 (6), 1472-1485

Farrugia, K.J., Bandey, H.L., Nic Daéid, N., Chemical Enhancement of Footwear Impressions in Blood on Fabric-Part 3: Amino Acid Staining, Science and Justice, 2013, 53 (1), 8-13

Knighting S., Fraser J., Sturrock K., Deacon P., Bleay S., Bremner D. (2013).Visualisation of fingermarks and grab impressions on dark fabrics using silver vacuum metal deposition.  Science &  Justice, 53, 3, 309-314.

Rae, L., Gentles, D., Farrugia, K.J. An investigation into the enhancement of fingermarks in blood on fruit and vegetables, Science & Justice, 2013, 53 (3), 321-327

Thomas, P., Farrugia, K.J. An Investigation into the Enhancement of Fingermarks in Blood on Paper with Genipin and Lawsone, Science & Justice, 2013, 53 (3), 315-320

Wightman, G., Cochrane, R., Gray, R. & Linton, M. 2013, "A contribution to the discussion on the safety of air weapons",Science & Justice, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 343-349.

Ene, I.V., Adya, A.K., Wehmeier, S., Brand, A.C., MacCallum, D.M., Gow, N.A. & Brown, A.J. 2012, "Host carbon sources modulate cell wall architecture, drug resistance and virulence in a fungal pathogen", Cellular microbiology, vol. 14, no. 9, pp. 1319-1335.

Farrugia, K.J., Bandey, H., Bleay, S. & NicDaéid, N. 2012, "Chemical enhancement of footwear impressions in urine on fabric", Forensic science international, vol. 214, no. 1, pp. 67-81.

Farrugia, K.J., Bandey, H., Dawson, L. & Nic Daéid, N. 2012, "Chemical enhancement of soil based footwear impressions on fabric", Forensic science international, vol. 219, no. 1, pp. 12-28.

Farrugia, K.J., Savage, K.A., Bandey, H., Ciuksza, T. & Nic Daéid, N. 2011, "Chemical enhancement of footwear impressions in blood on fabric—part 2: peroxidase reagents", Science & Justice, vol. 51, no. 3, pp. 110-121.

Kiss, R., Pells, S., Canetta, E., Moore, A.J., De Sousa, P., Willoughby, N.A., Adya, A.K. & Bock, H. 2011, "Elasticity of human embryonic stem cells as determined by atomic force microscopy", Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, vol. 133, no. 10, pp. 101009.

Wightman, G. & O’Connor, D. 2011, "The thermal visualisation of latent fingermarks on metallic surfaces", Forensic science international, vol. 204, no. 1, pp. 88-96.

Farrugia, K.J., Savage, K.A., Bandey, H. & Nic Daéid, N. 2011, "Chemical enhancement of footwear impressions in blood on fabric–Part 1: Protein stains", Science & Justice, vol. 51, no. 3, pp. 99-109.

Wightman, G., Beard, J. & Allison, R. 2010, "An investigation into the behaviour of air rifle pellets in ballistic gel and their interaction with bone", Forensic science international, vol. 200, no. 1, pp. 41-49.

Bremner, D.H., Molina, R., Martínez, F., Melero, J.A. & Segura, Y. 2009, "Degradation of phenolic aqueous solutions by high frequency sono-Fenton systems (US–Fe2O3/SBA-15–H2O2)", Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, vol. 90, no. 3, pp. 380-388.

Canetta, E., Walker, G.M. & Adya, A.K. 2009, "Nanoscopic morphological changes in yeast cell surfaces caused by oxidative stress: an atomic force microscopic study", Journal of microbiology and biotechnology, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 547-555.

Chand, R., Ince, N.H., Gogate, P.R. & Bremner, D.H. 2009, "Phenol degradation using 20, 300 and 520kHz ultrasonic reactors with hydrogen peroxide, ozone and zero valent metals", Separation and Purification Technology, vol. 67, no. 1, pp. 103-109.

Canetta, E., Kim, S.H., Kalinina, N.O., Shaw, J., Adya, A.K., Gillespie, T., Brown, J.W. & Taliansky, M. 2008, "A Plant Virus Movement Protein Forms Ringlike Complexes with the Major Nucleolar Protein, Fibrillarin, In Vitro", Journal of Molecular Biology, vol. 376, no. 4, pp. 932-937.

Chakinala, A.G., Bremner, D.H., Gogate, P.R., Namkung, K. & Burgess, A.E. 2008, "Multivariate analysis of phenol mineralisation by combined hydrodynamic cavitation and heterogeneous advanced Fenton processing", Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, vol. 78, no. 1, pp. 11-18.

Wightman, G. & Matthew, J. 2008, "Restoration of stamp marks on steel components", Forensic science international, vol. 180, no. 1, pp. 32-36.

Law

Our legal experts focus on the EU’s Area of Freedom Security and Justice (AFSJ), which first gained treaty status with the Maastricht Treaty in 1992/3. The AFSJ started developing rapidly under the Amsterdam Treaty, 1997/99, and has recently obtained a substantial upgrade in its legal status under the Lisbon Treaty, in December 1999. In addition they look at the external relations of the EU in this area, which until now has covered the Euro-Mediterranean countries and the European Neighbourhood Partnership countries.

The AFSJ legal framework currently covers the 28 EU member states, and often also the 4 EFTA states (Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein), who maintain close relations with the EU.  The legal framework has both an internal EU and external EU dimension. The law research group examines both the “supranational” legal structure, and its implementation in certain EU member states, in particular the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Post-Brexit focus will be shifting to the changing legal relationship of the UK /Scotland with the EU in this policy area, and the responses of the UK/ Scotland to this changing situation.

For general information about the Law area please contact Dr. Maria O'Neill

 

Law publications 2015-2016

Egan, M. (2016); Seeing is believing: police practitioners as an epistemic community, Chapter 8, in O’Neill and Swinton; Challenges and Critiques of the EU Internal Security Strategy: Rights, power and security, Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.

Egan, M. (2016); “Policing intermediaries in the EU anti-money laundering framework”, European Journal of Policing Studies, Special Issue: Policing in Times of Uncertainty (pp.TBC).

O’Neill, M. (2016); Constructivism, Constitutionalism and the EU’s Area of Freedom Security and Justice Post-Lisbon 41 E.L.Rev., Issue 3, pp.412-423.

O’Neill, M. (2016);The development of the external dimensions of the AFSJ – new challenges of the EU legal and policy framework, European Politics and Society, pages 1-15.

O’Neill M.; (2016); “The Legal reach of Police and Judicial Co-operation in Criminal Matters (PJCCM) measures across EU Borders: Extraterritoriality, Territorial Extension and the ‘Brussels Effect’”, pages 139 to 156, in Bossong and Carrapico (eds); EU Borders and Shifting Internal Security: Technology, Externalization and Accountability, Springer. http://www.springer.com/de/book/9783319175591

O'Neill and Swinton (2016); Challenges and Critiques of the EU Internal Security Strategy: Rights, power and security, Cambridge Scholars.

 

Previous Law publications

O'Neill, M. (2015) Security cooperation, counterterrorism, and EU-North Africa cross-border security relations, a legal perspective, European Security, Volume 24, Issue 3, 438-453,

Moran C.F. (2014); Dignity in revolution, in J. Carby-Hall (ed.) Essays on Human Rights: A Celebration of the Life of Dr. Janusz Kochanowski, Jus et Lex Foundation, April.

O’Neill, Swinton and Winter (2013); New Challenges for the EU Internal Security Policy, Cambridge Scholars, ISBN (10): 1-4438-4477-2, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-4477-2.

O’Neill M. (2013); Trafficking in Human Beings and the European Neighbourhood Policy: New Challenges for the EU Justice and Law Enforcement Framework, chapter 8 in O’Neill, Swinton and Winter; New Challenges for the EU Internal Security Policy, Cambridge Scholars, ISBN (10): 1-4438-4477-2, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-4477-2.

Swinton K. (2013); Non Conviction based Asset Recovery: Lessons to be Derived from the UK Experience of Civil Recovery Regime for the Proposed Directive on the Freezin and Confiscation of Proceeds of Crime in the EU, chapter 6 in O’Neill, Swinton and Winter: New Challenges for the EU Internal Security Policy, Cambridge Scholars, ISBN (10): 1-4438-4477-2, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-4477-2.

O’Neill, M. (2013); Trafficking in Human Beings; An ongoing problem for the EU’s law enforcement community, SIAK Journal International Edition 2013, pages 51-62. (Seitschrift für Polizeiwissenschaft und Polizeiliche Praxis, Bundesministerium für Inneres, Republik Österreich. http://www.bmi.gv.at/cms/BMI_SIAK/4/2/1/ie2013/start.aspx

O’Neill, M. (2012); "EU-North Africa Relations in Cross-Border Law Enforcement: New Legal Challenges for the EU in the Post-Lisbon and Post-Stockholm Era" in EU External Relations Law and Policy in the Post-Lisbon Era, Springer, pp. 241-263.

Egan, M. (2011); “Non-conviction Based Sanctions: The Court of Justice v. the European Court of Human Rights, Who Decides?”, European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice 19, 167–182.

Moran C.F. (2011); “Defending necessity: A critical issue for the military”, Dynamiques Internationales, Torture in Armed Conflict, No.5/July.

O’Neill Maria. (2011); The evolving EU counter terrorism legal framework, Routledge, 2011. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415557580/.

O’Neill, M.: “The EU legal framework for Trafficking in Human Beings; where to from here – the UK perspective” JCER (Journal of Contemporary European Research) Vol. 7, No. 4.

O’Neill, M. (2011): “A Europe that protects: moving to the next stage of cross border law enforcement cooperation”, Police Journal, Volume 84 Number 2.

Egan, M. (2010); “The Role of the Regulated Sector in the UK Anti-Money Laundering Framework: Pushing the Boundaries of the Private Police,” Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER), Vol. 6, No 2, pp. 272-288.

O’Neill, M. (2010); “The issue of data protection and data security in the third pillar,” Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER), Vol. 6, No 2, pp. 211 – 235.

O’Neill, M. (2010); “EU Cross-Border Policing Provisions, the View from One of the Schengen Opt out Member Sates”; European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 73-89(17). Online

O’Neill, M. (2008); “A critical analysis of the EU legal provisions on Terrorism”, Terrorism and Political Violence, 20:1-23. ISSN: 0954/6553 print/1556/1836 online DOI 10.1018/09546550701723591.