Centre Updates

Next Seminar

October 2017

Dr. Hugh Koch
‘Brainstorming the Psychology of Law and Civil Justice’ 

Previous Seminars
Previous Seminars
September 2017

Stacey Hutchins and Dr Sarah Cooper
‘Medical Clemency in the United States: Our Study so Far’


July 2017

Nwanneka Ezechukwu
'Consumer Markets: Why regulate?'


June 2017

Friso Jansen
Sociology of law, public policy and medicine: interesting intersections and the case of medical guidelines’


April 2017

Sally Phillips (PhD Candidate) 
A New Model of Legal Claims and Judicial Decision-making in Shaken Baby Syndrome/NAHI Cases.


February 2017

Dr. Sarah Cooper
Writing a Monograph: Group Discussion/Feedback.

LATEST NEWS

Succesful grant application for members of the centre for law, science and policy

Jill Molloy and Paraic Scanlon have been awarded a Faculty small development grant (SDG) for a project entitled ‘Examining jurors' certainty of guilt in joint enterprise cases’. This grant will allow them to further develop this timely project building on earlier work in the Centre that dealt with the implications of the recent Supreme Court case R v Jogee which changed the law on joint enterprise.


New article by Dr Koch in expert witness

External partner, Dr Hugh Koch, has published an article ‘Impartiality of Expert Witness: Defining and measuring this construct’ in the Expert Witness Journal. This article breaks ground in the definition of neutrality of experts and lawyers by illustrating the types of bias that affect objectivity and impartiality and also offers a preliminary tool to measure expert impartiality. 


PhD student undertakes research in Ukraine

PhD student, Oleksandra Vytiaganets, has been to Kiev to collect empirical data for an article she is co-authoring with Dr Mavluda Sattorova. During the trip, Oleks interviewed public officials from legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the government. The article is related to the topic of Oleks’ PhD.


Undergraduate law student named BLSS research scholar

Third year law student, Sophie Brookes, has been selected as the BLSS Research Scholar for the School of Law in 2017/18. Sophie will work with Ms. Jill Molloy and Dr. Paraic Scanlon to investigate juror perception through a mock juror study related to in joint enterprise liability.


PhD student undertakes research in Ukraine

PhD student, Oleksandra Vytiaganets, has been to Kiev to collect empirical data for an article she is co-authoring with Dr Mavluda Sattorova. During the trip, Oleks interviewed public officials from legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the government. The article is related to the topic of Oleks’ PhD.


Centre for Law, Science and Policy appoints research associate for Medical Clemency project

The Centre for Law, Science and Policy has appointed Ms. Stacey Hutchins as a Leverhulme/ British Academy funded Research Associate to undertake research on medical clemency procedures across the USA. 

Stacey holds a LL.B (Hons) and a LL.M. in International Law: Crime, Justice and Human Rights (Distinction) from the University of Birmingham, and recently returned from working at the Texas Defender Service based in Houston, Texas.


Dr Haydn Davies elected as Vice Chair of UKELA

Dr. Haydn Davies, Head of the School of Law, and member of the Centre for Law, Science Policy, has been elected Vice Chair of the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA). 


Professor Jon Yorke's latest research on the death penalty to be published in the Oklahoma Law Review

Professor Jon Yorke’s latest research, which critically examines the US Supreme Court’s decision in Glossip, will shortly be published in the Oklahoma Law Review. The article is build on themes Prof. Yorke discussed at his Inaugural Professorial Lecture, ‘Experimental Executions: Schrödinger’s Cat on Oklahoma's Death Row.’

The full citation for Prof. Yorke’s article is, ‘Comity, Finality, and Oklahoma’s Lethal Injection Protocol, 69 Oklahoma Law Review 4, 1-74 (2017).’


Dr. Hugh Koch publishes article in "The Expert Witness"

External Partner, Dr. Hugh Koch, has published an article ‘The Interface between Psychology and Law: Continuous Improvement in Claimant, Lawyer and Expert’s Experience’ in The Expert Witness.

The article provides an overview of avenues for future interdisciplinary research and scrutiny that could inform the civil justice system, focusing on the experiences of key stakeholders.

Dr. Hugh Koch is a clinical psychologist and has been a pioneer in civil litigation, developing the interface between psychology and law in civil cases. Dr. Koch is collaborating with the Centre for Law, Science and Policy to develop new research about the interface of law and psychology.


PhD students to present research at North East PGR Law Forum

PhD students, Amelia Shooter and Laura Smillie, have been invited to present their doctoral research at a popular PGR event at Northumbria University.

The theme of the conference is ‘Intersections between law and research: how legal research is being done and its impact.’ Amelia will be presenting a paper titled ‘Examining the Influence of the National Academy of Sciences in US Criminal Courts” and Laura a paper titled 'An examination of judicial decision making in vaccine-harm cases in the United States.'


PhD student publishes blog article in the USA

PhD candidate, Sally Phillips, has published a blog article in the USA about her doctoral research. Sally’s research focuses on the intersection of science and law in cases concerning Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma.

You can read Sally’s blog here.


Centre for Law, Science and Policy advertises Research Associate position for BA/Leverhulme project

The Centre for Law, Science and Policy is looking for a Research Associate to join the Centre to undertake a project examining medical clemency procedures in the USA.  The project is funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme.

Full details about the project and way to apply can be found on Manpower and Reed.

Postgraduates holding (at least) a 2:1 in a relevant discipline (such as law) are eligible to apply. Applicants holding a Masters and/or a PhD and who have knowledge of the US criminal justice system are particularly encouraged to apply.

Enquires can be emailed to centrelawsciencepolicy@bcu.ac.uk


Centre for Law, Science and Policy awarded prestigious research grant

The Director of the Centre for Law, Science and Policy in the School of Law, Dr. Sarah Cooper, has been awarded a prestigious Research Grant by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust for her ground-breaking research on American clemency procedures.

Her research project, ‘An Examination of Medical Clemency Procedures in the USA’ will collect data about all US state procedures that allow inmates use the clemency process in the event they are seriously or terminally ill. Dr. Cooper will write-up the project’s findings in a formal report to be shared with agencies across the USA, and which is scheduled to be launched in Arizona in 2018. The project will be supported by Katie Puzauskas, supervising attorney at Arizona State University’s Post-conviction Clinic.

Dr Cooper commented, “This is a fantastic opportunity to examine a very important issue in US criminal justice system. America has a large and aging prison population. This project ultimately aims to inform possible improvements to the legal and executive frameworks that support that population in the context of clemency.”


Mock juror study findings to be presented in Belgium

In May, 2017, Dr. Paraic Scanlon will attend the European Association of Psychology and Law Annual Conference in Belgium to present the findings of a collaborative research project between the School of Law and Department of Psychology at Birmingham City University.

The theme for the conference is ‘Breaking new grounds in Psychology & Law: Futuristic or imminent?’ Dr. Scanlon will present the findings his recent mock juror study undertaken with Dr. Sarah Cooper.


Centre director invited to Washington DC as Scholar-In-Residence

Dr. Sarah Cooper, has been invited to be a Scholar in Residence at the Law Library of Congress in Washington D.C., in 2017.

Whilst in Residence, Dr. Cooper has been undertaking research for her new book – Forensic Science in America’s Era of Innocence. The book, which is scheduled to be published in 2018, will examine how cultural tensions between the enterprises of law and science emerge when the criminal justice system uses certain forensic science disciplines to help solve crime.

The book will, in particular, discuss how the American Innocence Movement brought these tensions into sharper focus, and consider current and future initiatives for improving the relationship between law and science at this intersection. Dr. Cooper says the book will enhance the studies of many law students at Birmingham City University,

“The topic area of the book directly relates to classes students undertake on the American Legal Studies pathway on our LL.B programme. In particular, students studying American Legal Practice and American Criminal Procedure and Evidence will engage in the famous cases and legal principles examined in the book". You can read Sarah's full interview here.