Law and Science: Current Legal Issues 1998: Volume 1

Hardcover | June 1, 1998

EditorHelen Reece, Michael Freeman

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This is the first volume of an exciting new series, Current Legal Issues, which will be published each spring as a sister volume to Current Legal Problems. The basis for each interdisciplinary volume will be a two-day colloquium held each year by the Faculty of Laws at University CollegeLondon. This first volume explores the interrelationship of law and science. Future volumes will examine themes such as law and literature, law and medicine, law and religion, etc. This book, the first volume of Current Legal Issues, explores the relationship of law and science, with a particular focus on the role of science as evidence. Scientific evidence impinges on a wide range of legal issues, including, for example, risk assessment in mental health and child abuse,criminal investigations, chemical and medical products, mass tort cases and the attribution of paternity. Science promises to reduce (or even eliminate) uncertainty; how should lawyers respond to such ambitious claims? As the civil justice process undergoes a major overhaul, this diverse andstimulating collection of essays provides a timely and thought-provoking reassessment of the relationship between law and science in general and the uses and value of scientific evidence in particular. From the Editors' Introduction This volume addresses the intersection between law and science, two monolithic institutions which generally compete for, but sometimes coincide in presenting, an authoritative analysis of the world. The contributors to this volume take different views as to who is the victor in this contestScience deals in objective reality; therefore it is for scientists to reveal as much as they can about reality, and for the law to determine what should be made of the discoveries. Perhaps this division of labour is too simplistic, but if it is taken as a model, it is apparent that law and scienceare bound together and that mutual understanding is essential. If this volume contributes to that understanding then it will have performed an invaluable service.

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This is the first volume of an exciting new series, Current Legal Issues, which will be published each spring as a sister volume to Current Legal Problems. The basis for each interdisciplinary volume will be a two-day colloquium held each year by the Faculty of Laws at University CollegeLondon. This first volume explores the interrel...

Michael D.A. Freeman (Editor-in-Chief, Current Legal Publications, Editor, Current Legal Problems) is Professor of English Law, UCL A.D.E Lewis (Associate Editor, Current Legal Publications, General Editor, Current Legal Issues) is Senior Lecturer in Laws, UCL Helen Reece (Editor, Current Legal Issues Volume 1: Law and Science) is Lec...

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Format:HardcoverPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198267940

ISBN - 13:9780198267942

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J.E. Penner, Lecturer in Law, LSE: Cognitive science, legal theory and the possibility of an observation/theory distinction in morality and lawHeidi Li Feldman, Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University: Science, reason, and tort law: looking for the reasonable personRichard Goldberg, Lecturer in Law, University of Birmingham: The role of scientific evidence in the assessment of causation in medicinal product liability litigation: a probabilistic and economic analysisHelen Reece, Lecturer in Laws, UCL: Pedro Juan Cubillo v Commonwealth of Australia (1995): right result, wrong methodSue Elworthy, Research Associate, Robert Gordon University and Jane Holder, Lecturer in Laws and Co-Director of the Centre for the Law of the European Union, UCL: The BSE crisis: a study of the precautionary principle and the politics of science in lawFiona E Raitt, Senior Lecturer and Director of Studies of the Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Dundee: A new criterion for the admissibility of scientific evidence? The metamorphosis of helpfulnessPaul Roberts, Lecturer in Law, University of Nottingham: Reflections on expert evidence in Canadian criminal proceedings: more lessons from North AmericaFelicity Kaganas, Lecturer in Law, Brunel University and Michael King, Professor of Law, Brunel University: The risks and dangers of experts in courtTony Ward, Senior Lecturer, De Montford University: Laws truth, lay truth and medical science: three case studiesGerald Ginsburg, Professor of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno and James T Richardson, Professor of Sociology, University of Nevada, Reno: Brainwashing evidence in the light of Daubert: science and unpopular religionsLewis Wolpert, Professor of Biology as Applied to Medicine, UCL: What lawyers need to know about science