Criminal Assets Bureau: Law and Practice



Authors: PJ Ryan

ISBN: 9781911611639

Format: Paperback

Extent: Approx 250 pages

Published: 23 November 2021


Criminal Assets Bureau: Law and Practice explores the development of a different model of criminal justice in Ireland, one that targets the financial base of crime rather than the criminal actor.

The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) was established in Ireland in 1996 and is now a central component of the Irish criminal justice system. CAB’s unique structure and approach denies criminality of the proceeds of crime without pursuing criminal charges.

Criminal Assets Bureau: Law and Practice provides a comprehensive policy and procedure based analysis of the background and development of the structures underpinning CAB. It goes on to consider the legal framework of CAB, its operational boundaries established through case-law and its multi-agency nature. It is this bringing together of multiple agencies into a single structure to deploy the powers of forfeiture, revenue and social welfare against targets that is key to its prowess.

Criminal Assets Bureau: Law and Practice is the first book to offer a detailed analysis of both the law and the actual outcomes achieved from CAB’s operational areas. It is the interplay between these areas, operating in the civil law realm, that makes CAB unique and a transformative model.


Contents Include



Chapter 1: Theoretical Foundations of the Modern Criminal Justice Environment

Chapter 2: Criminal Law as an Operational Concept

Chapter 3: Forfeiture and Seizure

Chapter 4: Structure of CAB and Legislative Options

Chapter 5: CAB and Confiscation – The Operational Approach

Chapter 6: CAB and Revenue – The Operational Approach

Chapter 7: CAB and Social Welfare – The Operational Approach

Chapter 8: CAB at 25 Years’ Old


Criminal Assets Bureau: Law and Practice will be of benefit to both law and criminal justice scholars and a wide variety of readers interested in governance, societal protection, law, legal reform and policy makers.


About the Author


Dr PJ Ryan is a Lecturer in Law at the new Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest, having previously lectured at Limerick Institute of Technology.

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