• Summer School on Evidence & Proof

    Monday 29th June until Thursday 2nd July 2020

    Summer School on Evidence & Proof
Event Dates:
Monday 29th June until Thursday 2nd July 2020
Accommodation: Participants in the summer school will benefit from special offers from nearby hotels in Athens
Venue: The Summer School in Athens will take place at the Education Centre of NOMIKI BIBLIOTHIKI, a major publishing house in Athens/Greece.
Under the Auspices and with the support of NOMIKI BIBLIOTHIKI
Instructors and Organisers:
Dr. Kyri N. Kotsoglou , Senior Lecturer in Law (Criminal Evidence) at Northumbria University School of Law (UK)
Dr. Alex Biedermann , Associate Professor, University of Lausanne, School of Criminal Justice (Switzerland)

It is our great pleasure to announce that the 1st Interdisciplinary Summer School on Evidence & Proof will take place from June 29th to July 2nd 2020 in Athens/Greece. The Summer School will address normative, doctrinal and empirical issues at the intersection of the Law of Evidence and the Analysis of Evidence. The Summer School will consist of 8 teaching sessions (4 hours each) and will promote critical discussions and teamwork. Working language will be English (an advanced level of English is required).

Target audience

The Interdisciplinary Summer School on Evidence & Proof will serve as an introduction to current issues at the intersection of Law of Evidence and Forensic Science, such as the principles and current provisions for evaluative reporting in forensic science, the problem of identification/individualisation, complex evidence, expert witness testimony, potential and limitations of DNA evidence etc. The targeted audience (max. 40 participants) are Law and Forensic Science students (from under- to postgraduate level), legal and forensic practitioners, including members of the judiciary.

Learning objectives

The summer school will enable participants to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge, deepen the understanding and develop critical thinking about topic such as:

  • Structural features of decision-making processe
  • Expert witness testimony and guidelines for evaluative reporting in forensic science from a comparative perspective
  • Aspects of forensic DNA and other common types of forensic science evidence

Participants will also critically reflect on and discuss controversial topics at the intersection of Evidence Law and Forensic science, especially

  • The current state of forensic science and its pending challenges
  • The problem of admissibility of expert evidence
  • Normative and doctrinal boundaries of expert witness testimony
Application & Programme Fees

Prospective participants for this Summer School are kindly requested to apply with a short CV and a short essay (max. 1000 words) on the following topic (presented, ideally, from their personal area of practice and/or research): "Ongoing issues in Evidence & Proof. How to move forward?" Applications should be submitted to: kyriakos.kotsoglou@northumbria.ac.uk by April 17th 2020. Working language will be English. Successful applicants will be notified within 15 working days and invited to formally register through Nomiki Vivliothiki.*

The registration fees for the Summer School in Athens are 320 €.

This includes attendance, learning material, lunch, coffee and drinks. Accommodation and travel expenses are not included.

Instructors and Organisers

Dr. Kyri N. Kotsoglou, Senior Lecturer in Law (Criminal Evidence) at Northumbria University School of Law (UK)

Dr. Kyriakos N. Kotsoglou is Senior Lecturer in Law at Northumbria University Newcastle. Previously he held academic positions in Lausanne (2019), Liverpool Hope (2016-2018) and Freiburg/Germany (2011-2016). Kyri is a Criminal Evidence and Criminal Law scholar with a special interest for evidence & proof and (analytic) legal theory. He has 8 years of teaching experience in higher education in the U.K. and Germany. Kyri employs bottom-up teaching methods exploring ways to capture (and utilise) discussion dynamics in the classroom. He is a Fellow of the HEA since 2018.
Kyri’s scholarly work has been cited extensively by the most authoritative commentaries on the German Penal Code and Criminal Procedure. His analysis on criminal evidence has been cited by the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH). The Greek Court of Appeal (Athens) has cited and quoted extensively his work on DNA-evidence in a high-profile case, which led to the acquittal of a (falsely) convicted appellant. His work has also prompted, twice, a direct reply. Kyri is currently working on the doctrinal and normative framework underlying expert witness testimony, the various issues around reverse onus clauses and the use of statistical evidence in criminal process. Kyri is a member of the Lausanne-based interdisciplinary group NORMDECS doing research on decision-structures and decision-making processes esp. in the field of expert witness testimony.
Kyri teaches and publishes in English, German and Greek.

Dr. Alex Biedermann, Associate Professor, University of Lausanne, School of Criminal Justice (Switzerland)

Alex Biedermann, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at the School of Criminal Justice of the Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration of the University of Lausanne (UNIL, Switzerland). His PhD thesis focused on graphical models and probabilistic inference for evaluating scientific evidence in forensic science (2007). Alex conducted visiting research stays in Italy, the UK, Australia and the US. He teaches scientific evidence interpretation and decision analysis in Lausanne, with visiting appointments at partner institutions in Australia (University of Adelaide Law School) and China (China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing). Alex currently is the principal investigator of the research project NORMDECS (Normative Decision Structures of Forensic Interpretation in the Legal Process, www.unil.ch/forensicdecision), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (2016–2020). This project aims to study fundamental questions of forensic interpretation through probability and decision theory. It aims at conceptualising and substantiating forensic inference, both on a theoretical and practical account, as an integral part of a wider framework for coherent decision analysis in the law. The project features a highly multidisciplinary perspective by connecting core forensic science and the law with computational statistics and philosophy of science acting as supporting disciplines. Alex has authored and co-authored well over 100 publications (peer-reviewed articles, commentaries, chapters and books). He is a committee member of the Statistics and Law Section of the Royal Statistical Society, and a councillor of the International Association of Evidence Science.
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