Dr Wade’s activities currently focus on criminal justice related developments within the EU. The genesis of a European public prosecutor’s office and the concept of European citizenship particularly as it relates to defence rights are focal points. This interest has also lead to work focusing on the crimes of terrorism and trafficking human beings and their prevention, investigation and prosecution at a national, regional and global level. One important component of this work is comparative legal scholarship.
Current writing projects are a monograph detailing the results of an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation funded study, which, as its final stage, strives to identify key features of just multi-level criminal justice arrangements (with Prof. Erik Luna). Another seeks to distil and analyse the empirical results of the EuroNEEDs study – which identifies the need for and the needs of a European criminal justice system through 222 practitioner interviews – into an academic monograph. The preliminary study report was published in 2011 and cited by the European Commission in its Impact Assessment backing its proposal for a European Public Prosecutor’s Office .
As this demonstrates, an important aspect of Dr. Wade’s work is informing policy. Further recent examples of this are evidence provided to the House of Lords EU Select Committee and a study delivered to the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament on “Developing a Criminal Justice System for the European Union”. Previously Dr Wade has provided expert advice to i.a. the German Federal and State Committee of Data Protection Commissioners, the Rule of Law Delegation of the OSCE Spillover Mission to Skopje, the international prosecutor’s office of the ECCC, the UNDP’s POGAR conference, the President of the German Prosecutor-Generals’ working group and the Dutch Ministry of Justice. She also works as a member of the legal expert advisory board of the NGO Fair Trials International and a criminal justice expert for the European Commission.
Dr Wade was educated in Norway, the UK and Germany before she began working for the Department of Criminology of the University of Göttingen and then the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law both in Germany. She joined the University of Birmingham in 2011.
Dr Wade has previously done criminological work on surveillance and legal comparative work on prosecution services and criminal justice structures. Her current publications relate above all to in-depth analysis of the EuroNEEDs study – an empirical study to determine the needs for and the needs of a European criminal justice system co-financed by the Hercule programme of the European Commission and the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law.