Dr Marnie Lovejoy


I am a dual qualified solicitor (non-practicing) who specialises in transnational financial crime. I lecture in criminal law and white collar crime. My research interests include corruption and embezzlement of public funds and the legal problems arising from the global nature of these crimes.


I did my law degree at the University of Basel, Switzerland, in 2005. While working as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Basel, I obtained my PhD, which was awarded summa cum laude, in 2011. My PhD on 'tracing and confiscating assets of dictators in Switzerland' was published as a monograph in 2012. I did my solicitor's training contract with Boeckli Bodmer and Partners in Basel in 2010. After my bar exam (Switzerland) in 2012, I worked as a solicitor for Monfrini Crettol and Partners in Geneva for four years. In this specialised law firm, I worked on  large scale cases of kleptocracy and corruption. After moving to the UK, I undertook the QLTS exams in 2015/16 in order to qualify as a solicitor in the UK as well. In the same year I also became a certified Civil and Commercial Mediator.  In May 2016, I started to work as a PTHP lecturer for Portsmouth Law School and the International College of Portsmouth. In July 2017 I assumed my current position of Senior Lecturer in Portsmouth Law School.

Research Interests

My main field of research in Transnational Financial Crimes committed in and by the public sector, e.g. corruption, embezzlement of funds, or money laundering. Marnie is particularly interested in the tracing, freezing, forfeiture and repatriation of stolen public funds or otherwise criminally acquired assets, the judicial assistance in criminal and administrative matters relating to such proceedings as well as human rights issues that arise in the investigation and prosecution of such large scale crimes. I am also interested in Crime and Alternative Dispute Resolution, especially the impact of criminal issues on commercial and investment arbitration proceedings.

Teaching Responsibilities

I am the Unit Coordinator for the Level 4 Criminal Law Unit and for the Level 5 and 6 White Collar Crime Unit. I am also teaching on two units on a post graduate forensic accounting course, Expert Witnessing and Dispute Resolution and Financial Crime and the Law.

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