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Sarah Cooper Staff Profile Picture 2017 100x150 Dr Sarah Cooper

Dr. Cooper is the Director of the Centre for Law, Science and Policy. Her research focuses on the American criminal justice system’s engagement with scientific evidence, and, in particular, the approaches taken by US courts, jurors, clemency boards, and executives to scientific uncertainty. Dr. Cooper’s published research on this area has been cited widely by scholars, lawyers and courts.

She is a Fellow of the Arizona Justice Project and Expert Reviewer for the National Science Foundation. In 2017, she was selected to be the Scholar-in-Residence at the Law Library of Congress to continue her research.

E-mail: Sarah.Cooper@bcu.ac.uk
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Friso Jansen Staff Profile Picture 100x150Dr Friso Jansen

Dr. Jansen is the Associate Director for the Centre for Law, Science and Policy. He is interested in interdisciplinary research that straddles the divide between sociology of law, public policy and regulation. In particular, Friso focuses on the role of experts in the production of medical guidelines as an embodiment of the role of experts in professional regulation. 

E-mail: Friso.Jansen@bcu.ac.uk
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Jill Molloy

Jill Molloy is a qualified barrister and an expert in criminal law and evidence. She is the author of Card and Molloy, Card, Cross and Jones Criminal Law, 2016, 22 edition, Oxford University Press. Jill leads teaching in criminal law and evidence proof and argument. Jill’s research interests within the ambit of the Centre concern juror interpretation of foresight (in the context of joint enterprise) and criminal liability for the transmission of STIs.

E-mail: Jill.Molloy@bcu.ac.uk
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Professor Haydn Davies

Professor Davies is a professor of Environmental Law and originally trained as a biochemist, and has taught and researched in the area of environmental protection for over 20 years. Dr. Davies is currently the assistant Vice Chair of the UK Environmental Law Association and co-convener of the Welsh Working Party. His current research focuses on international trade agreements, environmental protection and public health regulation.

E-mail: Haydn.Davies@bcu.ac.uk

Jon Yorke Professor Jon Yorke

Professor Jon Yorke is a professor of human rights. Professor Yorke is a renowned expert on capital punishment, and has recently been examining the judicial evaluation of contentious scientific evidence in legal claims challenging execution methods in America, and the construction of time in medical law.

E-mail: Jon.Yorke@bcu.ac.uk
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Dr Ewan Kirk

Dr. Kirk’s research interests are in intellectual property and technology, including intellectual property’s interaction with Information Technology in the context of copyright, music, and cyber-rights.

E-mail: Ewan.Kirk@bcu.ac.uk
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Dr Paraic Scanlon

Dr. Scanlon is a lecturer in developmental psychology based in the School of Social Sciences. He is currently collaborating with the Centre for Law, Science and Policy; using his expertise in psychological research methods to examine how jurors assess certainty in relation to expert forensic science evidence.

E-mail: Paraic.Scanlon@bcu.ac.uk
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Nwanneka Ezechukwu Staff Profile Image 100x150 Nwanneka Ezechukwu

Nwanneka is a Lecturer in Law at Birmingham City University. Her research interest centres on innovation in financial and payments services and its impact on regulation.

Nwanneka is particularly interested in consumer policy and how economic theory assists in evaluating the consistency of consumer laws in achieving their goals.

She is currently finalising her PhD at the University of Nottingham where she is researching the consumer issues associated with the adoption of mobile payments.

E-mail: Nwanneka.Ezechukwu@bcu.ac.uk

Bernie St Aubyn

Bernie St Aubyn is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at Birmingham City University. Prior to working at the University she worked for 20 years clinically as a registered nurse, a registered midwife and a registered health visitor in the local community. Bernie is collaborating with the Centre for Law, Science and Policy to develop simulation training tools for nurses and medical practitioners to promote, in particular, good practice in recording-keeping.

E-mail: Bernie.St.Aubyn@bcu.ac.uk
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Amanda Andrews

Amanda is a Community Nurse (District Nursing) with a specialist interest in Long Term Condition management. She has been working at Birmingham City University for 10 years, jointly running the primary care module on the BSc Nursing course. 

Her specialist nursing care areas include Constipation Management, Continence Care and Record Keeping.

Amanda is collaborating with the Centre for Law, Science and Policy to develop simulation training tools for nurses and medical practitioners to promote, in particular, good practice in recording-keeping.

E-mail: Amanda.Andrews@bcu.ac.uk
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Helen Wyler Profile Dr Helen Wyler

Dr. Helen Wyler is a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Birmingham City University. Her areas of research interest include investigative interviewing, eyewitness testimony, and jury decision-making.

Helen is currently collaborating with the Centre for Law, Science and Policy on a project focusing on public perception of what vitiates sexual consent.

E-mail: Helen.Wyler@bcu.ac.uk
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Natalie Harrison Staff Profile Image 100x150 Dr Natalie Harrison

Dr. Natalie Harrison is a lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Birmingham City University. Her work focuses on sibling aggression in childhood, and establishing it as a form of family violence. Natalie is also interested in jury decision making, particularly in the area of child witnesses and juvenile offenders. 

E-mail: Natalie.Harrison@bcu.ac.uk
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Sarah Lloyd

Sarah Lloyd is an Assistant Lecturer and doctoral student in Forensic Psychology.  Her research explores the jury as a group and their decision-making processes.  She is particularly interested in what factors influence, affect and are important in jury decision making and the role of the group dynamic in these processes. 

Her work is predominantly qualitative as very little empirical research has focused on the jury as a group in this context, and these methods offer the capacity of rich, informative data.  She is further interested in how evidence is communicated to juries and Criminal Justice professionals.  Her work crosses different disciplines and frameworks such as legal psychology, social and cognitive psychology and the aim is to inform jury reform, develop theory and also lead to positive changes in legislation and policy.