Inaugural Francine V. McNiff Lecture

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Event Details

8 April 2019 at 6:00 pm – 8 April 2019 at 7:30 pm
RACV City Club 501 Bourke Street Melbourne 3000
Free to attend


Trying corporate actors – Why not prosecute?

Presented by Professor Liz Campbell, Francine V. McNiff Chair of Criminal Jurisprudence

Professor Liz Campbell, the Francine V. McNiff Chair of Criminal Jurisprudence at Monash University, examines key changes on the horizon in respect of how we respond to corporate crime.

This lecture will particularly focus on the proposed introduction of deferred prosecution agreements, in light of the revelations of and recommendations from the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

Included in the evening will be the unveiling of the late Francine V. McNiff portrait as a gift to Monash University.


Francine V. McNiff

As a ground-breaking lawyer, Francine’s contribution to the Victorian legal profession was significant. In 1983, aged 35, she became the first female judicial officer in Victoria having been appointed Children’s Court Stipendiary Magistrate, also making her the State’s youngest judicial officer.

Executors of her Will, Ron and Brett Tait were among those closest to a woman who carefully protected her privacy with minimal social interaction.

“The law was Francine’s life. She would be thrilled to know she was making a real difference to a lot of people,” Mr Ron Tait said.

Ron Tait first met Francine when they were students at Monash University in the 1960s and later worked with her, briefing her as a barrister on a number of criminal cases. His son Brett was also mentored by the woman who he remembers as “formidable”.

Professor Liz Campbell

Professor Liz Campbell is the inaugural Francine V. McNiff Chair in Criminal Jurisprudence at Monash University.

Professor Campbell is a global expert in corporate crime, organised crime, corruption, and biometric evidence. Her research is socio-legal in considering the law in context, comparative, interdisciplinary, and relevant to legal practice and policy.

Professor Campbell’s research focuses primarily on how the criminal law is deployed to address sophisticated, profit-driven crime, both by otherwise legitimate corporate entities as well as networks of organised crime. Another strand of her research looks at the use of biometrics in investigation and prosecution, and she is a member of the UK Home Office Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group.

Her research has been funded by the Research Council UK’s Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security, the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Law Foundation of New Zealand, the Fulbright Commission, the Modern Law Review, and the Carnegie Trust.

View Professor Liz Campbell's paper here.

View the event presentation here.