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You are here: FRIAS Fellows Fellows 2021/22 Prof. Dr. Patricia Faraldo Cabana

Prof. Dr. Patricia Faraldo Cabana

Universität Coruña
Criminal Law

External Senior Fellow (Marie S. Curie FCFP)
October 2021 - March 2022

Room 02 007
Phone +49 (0)761 - 203 97396


I am professor of criminal law at the University of A Coruña, Spain, and adjunct professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. My research focus is mainly on the field of economic crimes (money laundering, insider trading, bankruptcy, corporate and environmental crimes). I have also worked on other subjects such as command responsibility, terrorism and organized crime, gender violence, non-custodial punishments, misdemeanours, property crimes or sex crimes. My recent works demonstrate a noticeable internationalization of results through well-known, peer-reviewed journals of the highest scientific level. This development has been boomed by the Marie-Curie Intra-European fellowship obtained in 2012 and the EURIAS fellowship obtained in 2015. Since 2017, I am the joint editor of the Routledge Critical Studies in Crime, Diversity and Criminal Justice, with three books already published and two in preparation.

Regarding my scientific publications, at the age of 52 I have published ten books, one of them in English, edited eleven collective books, written 71 articles in peer-reviewed publications, the majority of them in the top publication venues in the field, and 142 book chapters on issues concerning criminal law and criminal police. In my field, these are the major means for scientific communication.

Selected Publications

  • Faraldo Cabana, P. (2021) The Wolf Pack Case and the Reform of Sex Crimes in Spain. German Law Journal (ISSN 2071-8322) 22(5), 2021, 847-859. DOI: 10.1017/glj.2021.38.

  • Faraldo Cabana, P. (2018) Money and the Governance of Punishment. A Genealogy of the Penal Fine. Abingdon (NY): Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-68623-6.

  • Faraldo Cabana, P. and Lamela Viera, C. (2019) How international are the top international journals of criminology and criminal justice? European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research (ISSN 0928-1371, e-ISSN 1572-9869), online first. DOI: 10.1007/s10610-019-09426-2.

  • Faraldo Cabana, P. (2019) One step forward, two steps back? Social rehabilitation of foreign offenders under Framework Decisions 2008/909/JHA and 2008/947/JHA. New Journal of European Criminal Law (e-ISSN 2399-293X; ISSN 2032-2844), 10(2), 151-167. DOI: 10.1177/2032284419859657.

  • Faraldo Cabana, P. (2020) On the political economy of fines. Revisiting Rusche and Kirchheimer’s Punishment and Social Structure. European Journal of the History of Economic Thought (ISSN 0967-2567; e-ISSN 1469-5936), 27(5), online first. DOI: 10.1080/09672567.2020.1739104.

FRIAS Research Project

Automated (un)justice? Algorithmic governmentality in police investigation and criminal law.

Over the past decades, autonomous systems (e.g. lethal autonomous weapons systems, systems for data mining and analysis, robotic surgical devices, algorithm-based analytic and predictive software) have gradually been introduced to replace humans in carrying out functions in a number of areas. These areas include the control and security domain (i.e. in the form of predictive policing and automated judicial sentencing systems. These systems’ increasing ability to act on their own with limited human control raises many criminological, legal and ethical concerns. The overall objective of this research is to explore how the law enforcement, i.e. police investigations and criminal justice at the national level and enforcement of international law at the international level, is changing with the ever-increasing use of autonomous systems. In so doing we will aim to determine how and why autonomous systems might be useful and beneficial to society on the one hand, and how and why they might represent a risk for human rights and other fundamental values of our societies on the other hand. The final purpose of the research is to identify the conditions of possibility under which it will be possible to use algorithmic justice as a way to increase not only the efficiency and efficacy of the use of police resources or our knowledge about the functioning of the criminal justice system, but to achieve better-informed and non-discriminatory outcomes.