Professor Nicholas Ryder Inaugural Lecture

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Date: 08 October 2014
Venue: Street Cafe, S Block, Frenchay Campus
Time: 18:30 - 20:30

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Presentation Title: 'Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works (Gordon Gekko, Wall Street, 1987). A contemporary review of the relationship between the global financial crisis, financial crime and white collar criminals'.

There are many factors that contributed to the 2007 financial crisis; ineffective banking regulation, the deregulation of consumer credit and banking laws, high risk banking, greed, the sub-prime mortgage crisis and access to convenient credit. In this inaugural lecture, Professor Ryder argues that an additional significant factor is white collar crime.

This is demonstrated by the identification of several examples including mortgage fraud, predatory lending, Ponzi frauds, market manipulation and the 'Financial War on Terrorism'. He examines the response to white collar crime and the financial crisis in both the United States of America and the United Kingdom.


Dr. Nicholas Ryder is a Professor in Financial Crime in the Department of Law, at the University of the West of England. He joined the University of the West of England in September 2004 after holding posts at Swansea University and the University of Glamorgan. His principal areas of teaching and research are white collar crime, banking regulation and the regulation of consumer credit.

He has published over 60 articles within prestigious journals and conference papers. He has published three monographs including The financial crisis and white collar crime: The perfect storm? (Edward Elgar, 2014), Money laundering an endless cycle? A comparative analysis of the anti-money laundering policies in the USA, UK, Australia and Canada (Routledge Cavendish, 2012) and Financial Crime in the 21st Century – Law and Policy (Edward Elgar, 2011).

He has also published two text books: The Law Relating to Financial Crime in the United Kingdom (Ashgate, 2013) and Commercial Law: Principles and Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Nicholas is currently a member of five editorial boards, the series editor for Routledge's 'The Law Relating to Financial Crime' and co-series editor for 'Risky Groups and Control' for Palgrave MacMillan. His forthcoming titles include The Financial War on Terror: a review of counter-terrorist financing strategies since 2001 and Fighting Financial Crime in the Global Economic Crisis (both for Routledge 2014, 2015).

He has conducted several externally funded research projects for including Orange Communications/France Telecom, the City of London Police and previously secured over £750,000 to conduct research into the development of credit unions in Wales.

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