The use of scientific evidence in criminal and civil litigation

Arts and Law, Research
Friday 19th October 2012 (09:00-17:00)
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All queries about the symposium should be directed to Dr Claire McIvor at

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One day cross-disciplinary symposium bringing together lawyers and scientists to discuss common problems associated with the legal use of scientific evidence and to explore potential solutions to these problems.


9.00 – 9.30:  Registration and coffee

9.30 – 9.45:  Welcome address

9.45 – 10.15:  Dr Claire McIvor (Birmingham Law School) and Professor Maurice Zeegers (University of Birmingham): Legal Epidemiology as a new discipline.

10.15 – 10.45: Professor Alex Burdorf (Erasmus MC): How epidemiology can inform legal decisions: compensation claims for asbestos-related lung cancer in the Netherlands.

10.45 – 11.15: Coffee break

11.15 – 11.45: Professor Martin Prins (Maastricht University): Expert witness reports: A list of questions.

11.45 – 12.15: Professor Sana Loue (Case Western Reserve University): Forensic Epidemiology in the International Context: Is There No Place to Call Home?

12.15 – 12.30: Discussion

12.30 – 13.45: Lunch

13.45 – 14.15: Dr Kai Purnhagen (Munich Risk and Insurance Centre): TBC

14.15 – 14.45: Professor Michael Faure (Maastricht University): Using experts to assess personal injury: a Law & Economics perspective.

14.45 – 15.00: Discussion

15.00 – 15.30: Coffee break

15.30 – 16.00: Mr Charles Feeny and Mr Doug Cooper (St Johns Buildings): TBC

16.00 – 16.30: Dr Tony Ward (University of Hull): The Law Commission Report on Expert Evidence: Implementation without Legislation?"

16.30 – 17.00: Discussion and concluding comments.

17.00 – 18.00: Drinks