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AsPr Cindy Davids

Position: Associate Professor
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Business and Law
Department: Deakin Law School
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92443845 +61 3 92443845



Dr Cindy Davids joined the Law School in 2010 from her position as Academic Director and Associate Professor at the Macquarie University Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism. Prior to this she taught at Latrobe University across a wide array of law related areas, in Police Studies at Deakin and she has also held seconded positions in Sth Australia and overseas. Since joining the Law School she has taught ‘Law for Managers’, Financial Crime specialising in Bribery and Corruption, Police and the Law and Criminal Procedure.

Her Ph.D is from the University of NSW Law School and she has a Masters in Policy and Law, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Latrobe University. In addition she has a Diploma of Education (Cindy was a secondary school teacher before moving into academia) and a Post Graduate qualification from Hong Kong University in the area of Corruption Studies. Her research interests encompass police and public sector integrity issues, conflict of interest, misconduct in public office, corruption, financial crime, international policing and law enforcement and more general criminal procedure issues. Her applied research has often involved large scale studies around complaint investigation and analysis. Most of this work has required access to sensitive data and significant security clearances.

Her book on conflict of interest in policing was based on an examination of ten years of Victoria Police internal investigation files and was conducted in collaboration and cooperation with Victoria Police and the Victorian Ombudsman’s Office. Subsequent to this her applied research has involved collaborative projects with the Victorian Ombudsman, Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police. Associate Professor Davids has published widely however much of her recent work has focused on issues of foreign bribery and corruption.


  • Diploma of Education, La Trobe University, 1982
  • Bachelor of Arts, La Trobe University, 1982
  • Master of Policy & Law, La Trobe University, 1995
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales, 2005
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Corruption Studies, University of Hong Kong, 2008

Professional activities


Victorian Ombudsman’s Office
Victoria Police
Australian Federal Police
NSW Police Integrity Commission
Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission
UK Government (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of the Constabulary – HMIC)


Teaching Interests

  • Criminal Procedure
  • Police and the Law
  • International Financial Crime (Corruption and Foreign Bribery)
  • Law for Managers/Business Law


Awards and prizes

  • Macquarie University Innovation Award for Innovative Partnership. Project: Understanding Conflict of Interest in the Public Sector (2009) A collaboration between the Victorian Ombudsman’s Office and Associate Professor Cindy Davids and Dr. Gordon Boyce
  • 2000 Allen Austin Bartholomew prize from the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology best article published in the journal for 1998-1999. (co-author Professor Linda Hancock)
  • 2012 British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) Prize for the best paper published in Accounting Education: An International Journal, volume 21 (2012).  Paper: Boyce G, Greer S, Blair B, and Davids C. (2012) “Expanding the Horizons of Accounting Education: Incorporating Social and Critical Perspectives”.
  • Recipient of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) Prize for the best paper in volume 21 (2012).
  • Associate of the Rutgers Institute on Anti-Corruption Studies (RIACS), School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, USA
  • Member – Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology


Research interests

  • Police integrity, misconduct and corruption issues
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Complaints investigation and analysis
  • Professional and Public Sector ethics
  • Financial Crime (fraud, corruption and bribery)
  • International Policing and Law Enforcement
  • Legal Regulation and Accountability



2014 and forthcoming

  • Davids C and Boyce G. “Integrity, accountability, and the public trust: Issues raised by the unauthorised use of confidential police information”, in Lister S and Rowe M (eds) Policing: Contemporary debates of accountability, governance, and regulation, Routledge.
  • Davids C and McMahon M (2014, in press) “Police Misconduct as a Breach of Public Trust:
  • The Offence of Misconduct in Public Office”, Deakin Law Review, 19(1).
  • Davids C (2014, in press) “Combating Bribery of Foreign Officials: A Counter Corruption Strategy in Developed Countries”, in Zhang Y and Lavena C (eds) Government Counter Corruption Strategies: A Public Solutions Handbook, M E Sharpe (The Public Solutions Handbook Series, Series Editor: M Holzer).
  • Davids C (2014) “Facilitation Payments in International Business Transactions: Law, Accounting, and the Public Interest”, in Mintz S (ed) Accounting for the Public Interest: Perspectives on Accountability, Professionalism and Role in Society, Advances in Business Ethics Research Volume 14, Springer, pp.219–245. (ISBN 978-94-007-7081-2) (DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-7082-9_11).


  • Boyce G, Greer S, Blair B, and Davids C (2013) “Expanding the horizons of accounting education: Incorporating social and critical perspectives”, in Wilson R M S (ed) Accounting Education Research Prize-winning Contributions, Abingdon and New York: Routledge. (ISBN: 978-0-415-71146-3)
  • Davids C and Thampapillai D (2013) “Fear and Loathing: The Threat of Asylum Seekers and Terrorism”, in Baldino D (ed) Spooked: The Truth About Intelligence and Security in Australia, Sydney: Newsouth, pp.69–102. (ISBN 9781742233888)


  • Davids C (2012) “Spies, lies and banknotes: following the Securency International saga”, Thomson Reuters Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) online information service, November.
  • Davids C (2012) “Sex, bribes and cover-ups: Securency’s underbelly”, AML – Anti Money Laundering Magazine, October, pp.25–28.
  • Boyce G, Greer S, Blair B, and Davids C. (2012) “Expanding the Horizons of Accounting Education: Incorporating Social and Critical Perspectives”, Accounting Education: An International Journal, 21(1), pp. 47–74. DOI:10.1080/09639284.2011.586771


  • Davids C (2012) “Curious and curiouser: Securency International, ASIC and corporate accountability”, Thomson Reuters Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) online information service, May.
  • Davids C (2012) “Quick Draw McGraw: ASIC’s pre-emptive position on Securency”, AML – Anti Money Laundering Magazine, May, pp.38–40.


  • Davids C and Schubert G (2011) “The Global Architecture of Foreign Bribery Control: Applying the OECD Convention”, in Graycar A and Smith R G (eds) Handbook of Global Research and Practice in Corruption, Cheltenham UK and Northampton MA: Edward Elgar, pp. 319–339. (ISBN: 978-1-849-80501-8)
  • Davids C and Schubert G (2011) “Criminalising Foreign Bribery: Is Australia’s Bark Louder Than Its Bite?”, Criminal Law Journal, 35(2), pp. 98–115.


  • Boyce G and Davids C (2010) “A Social Accountability Framework for Public Sector Conflict of Interest: Private Interests, Public Duties, and Ethical Cultures” – in Ball A and Osborne S P (eds) Social Accounting and Public Management: Accountability for the Common Good, Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 275–286. (ISBN: 978-0-415-80649-7)


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