Forfeiture Provisions and the Civil/Criminal Divide

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

11 Citations (Scopus)


This article considers the increased use of civil forfeiture regimes, under which governments can confiscate property of another thought to have been obtained through unlawful means. These regimes do not require that a suspect be convicted of wrongdoing, and it is irrelevant they have been acquitted of such suspected wrongdoing. They blur the lines between the civil and criminal law. Typically, confiscation of a person's property due to alleged wrongdoing would follow conviction of a crime. The article argues it is unacceptable in principle to confiscate a person's property based on mere suspicion it has been obtained improperly.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-67
Number of pages36
JournalNew Criminal Law Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Forfeiture Provisions and the Civil/Criminal Divide'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this