Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 16:00 to 18:00
Staff Common Room, Level 2, Law Building, UNSW Kensington


Professor Ben Goold, Peter A Allard School of Law The University of British Columbia


Drawing on data from a major ethnographic study of undercover policing in the United Kingdom, this presentation examines the working culture of covert policing, focusing on the individual and operational challenges facing covet police officers in the field. In particular, it argues that the personal and professional demands placed on covert officers differ significantly from those that confront uniformed officers, and that as a result undercover policing must be understood in terms of different policing priorities, constraints, and logics.

Speaker Bio:

Professor Goold is a Professor at the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. Prior to moving to Canada, he was a Lecturer at the University of Oxford Faculty of Law and a Fellow in Law at Somerville College. He has also taught law at the University of Niigata in Japan and criminology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. He holds a Doctorate in Law from the University of Oxford.

Professor Goold research interests include privacy rights, the use of surveillance technologies by the police and intelligence communities, and the rhetoric and language of human rights. He is the author of numerous works on privacy, surveillance, and security, including CCTV and Policing (OUP) and Security and Human Rights (Hart, edited with Liora Lazarus). Among his more recent publications are works on the social and political dimensions of privacy, the relationship between human rights and constitutional responsibilities, and the sociology of security consumption. He has also been a visiting researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany and at the Centre de Recherches Sociologiques sur les Droits et Institutions Pénales in Paris.

Professor Goold has served as an independent advisor to the UK Identity and Passport Service on matters of regulation and data sharing and has acted as Specialist Legal Advisor to a major House of Lords inquiry into surveillance and data collection in Britain. He is currently a member of the BC Information and Privacy Commissioner's External Advisory Board.