Difficult Forensic Science: How Science Ought to Inform the Courts

About this course

The intention of this course is to advertise crucial pondering associated to forensic science. At the moment, usually, most individuals are dazzled by the technical potentialities provided by forensic science. They considerably dwell beneath the phantasm that forensic proof is misleading proof and yields precise outcomes with 100% certainty. This course – delivered by consultants within the discipline – goes past the standard picture promoted by means of dramas like CSI. It warns (does not alarm) the general public concerning the limits of methods to advertise sound forensic science within the prison justice system. It permits contributors to know the significance of probabilistic reasoning in forensic science, as a result of uncertainty is a constitutive a part of forensic science. The course is formulated as a sequence of causes that will or could have led to the perversion of justice. A few of these instances are a part of case critiques performed on the College of Lausanne’s Faculty of Prison Justice.

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Syllabus – What you’ll be taught from this course


Week 1

Week 1 – What’s the “DNA” of an excellent forensic report?

This primary week will set the stage for the course. You’ll meet instructors; find out about their background, educating, analysis and actions. The Faculty of Prison Justice (College of Lausanne) will quickly be launched by means of a digital go to adopted by the course targets. A latest ENFSI information to evaluation experiences, for use all through the course, shall be offered. ENFSI stands for set of fine ideas for writing forensic experiences utilized in court docket of legislation. The whole course goals to distinction the follow noticed in infamous instances with the nice follow inspired by the ENFSI pointers. Subsequently, we are going to start by setting a number of the reporting standards essential to supply credible proof in court docket and clarify the ideas of interpretation (primarily based on the idea of odds of incidence). shall govern the creation of any forensic proof. The applying of those ideas results in a particular approach during which the forensic scientist has the suitable to talk in court docket.


Week 2

Week 2 – Elementary: supply isn’t exercise!

There’s a widespread false impression {that a} piece of forensic proof is sufficient to decide the end result of a case. This module goals to point out that actuality is extra refined and is intrinsically linked to the idea of a hierarchy of propositions.


Week 3

Week 3 – DNA isn’t a magic bullet

Based mostly on worldwide instances (Knox, Jama, Anderson and Scott), we are going to illustrate potential facets one wants to contemplate when assessing the worth of DNA present in small quantities. You’ll be proven how DNA evaluation is carried out and the kind of outcomes that may be produced. We are going to apply the ENFSI and ISFG pointers to the evaluation report within the current case and see if the ideas advocated enable for the avoidance of biased proof. We are going to examine the instances the place a considerable amount of blood was discovered with the instances of low pattern DNA restoration. You’ll learn to distinction these two conditions and uncover what sort of final result might be anticipated and which strategies enable for a strong and balanced interpretation. The primary a part of this course will reveal that extremely delicate methods require sturdy interpretive strategies.


Week 4

Week 4 – Check by Quantity or Quantity in Check

This week shall be devoted to how forensic scientists ought to talk the worth of their outcomes. From our white room devoted to images, we are going to examine well-known instances – together with the case of Dreyfus – and see how statistics might be abused. It can enable us to debate how statistical values ​​needs to be offered in court docket. A statistician (Phil Dawid) and a authorized scholar (David Kaye) shall be interviewed.

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Week 5

Week 5: Wonderland of Certainty

This week will cowl the Dallagher case involving ear prints, the Mayfield case and the McKie case involving fingerprints. We wish you to know what’s at stake when an professional decides to conclude an id. Over the course of this week, you’ll perceive that identification isn’t the job of the forensic scientist and it’s a choice that should be made by the Court docket. We additionally need to spotlight the potential causes of misidentification. And sure, they occur, even with fingerprints! We can have the privilege of listening to interviews by individuals intently associated to those instances: Shirley McKie’s father in addition to Brandon Mayfield and her daughter Sharia.

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