he Research group on Criminology, Legal Psychology and Criminal Justice in the 21st Century, ECRIM, is based at the University of A Coruna (UDC, A Coruna, Spain, EU), more specifically at the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Educational Sciences. The group was initially created by UDC Criminal Law researchers; however, since 2013 it has undergone a notable expansion, which led to the setting up of a new group together with UDC’s scholars of Procedural Law, other legal fields and Legal Psychology. The ECRIM is currently chaired by Professor Patricia Faraldo-Cabana.
The ECRIM’s membership is relatively gender-balanced and is comprised of around 30 members, whose average age is about 40. Although the group is largely formed by lecturers and researchers affiliated to the University of A Coruna, it also includes members of other Spanish universities (University of Cadiz, University of the Balearic Islands). A number of members are practitioners and they develop legal careers as judges, public prosecutors, lawyers or policy advisors, both in Spain and abroad (European Union, Argentina). The vast majority of ECRIM’s members hold a Ph.D., either in Law or in Psychology.
ECRIM’s theoretical work is focused on a wide variety of research lines pertaining to the fields of criminological and criminal sciences. For a long time, the group has been researching on economic and corporate criminal law. Nevertheless, its theoretical work has been as well focused on the relation between globalisation processes and the criminal justice system, on issues of international criminal law, on fines and alternatives to imprisonment, on the analysis of Law and the penal system from a gender-based perspective, and on the analysis of the recent reforms in criminal and tax law. In addition, ECRIM’s members have analysed penal policies, and more precisely migration enforcement and bordered penality.
Within the realm of procedural law, ECRIM members’ research examines the current evolution of the criminal justice system and the judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters. Additionally, the research of our legal psychology sub-group is mainly focused on forensic and court psychology, prison psychology, child protection and the relation between violence and mass and social media.
The ECRIM addresses this wide range of topics mainly from criminal-policy and criminological points of view. This frame enables the analysis of the influence on the criminal justice system of the social, economic, cultural and political transformations which characterise the beginning of the 21st Century. In addition, ECRIM’s research is largely driven by an international perspective, which is evinced by frequent interventions of the group’s members in European and American conferences, as well as by international publications and participation in international research projects. Beyond its theoretical contributions, the ECRIM has carried out consultancy research for public and private institutions, and some ECRIM’s members intensively collaborate with media outlets and Galician civil society organisations.
In a nutshell, the ECRIM is a dynamic and highly qualified research group that is aimed at grasping the role of penality in a constantly changing reality.
Research group on Criminology, Legal Psychology and Criminal Justice in the 21st Century (ECRIM).
Criminal Law Department
Faculty of Law
University of A Coruña
Campus of Elviña
15071 A Coruña (Spain)