Category Archives: Conferences

Seminar: Obtaining evidence from vulnerable witnesses

Via the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research:

The SIPR [Scottish Institute for Policing Research] Evidence & Investigation Network and Grampian Police have organised a seminar exploring child witnesses and witnesses with learning disabilities. The audience will consist of academics, representatives from the police and the criminal justice system and members of the Scottish Executive.

The free seminar will be held on 15 October in Aberdeen. Speakers include Dr Derek Carson (University of Abertay), Professor Amina Memon (University of Aberdeen) and Dr Penny Woolnough (Grampian Police).

Register using the form here (pdf).

Forthcoming conference on interviewing and deception

The 3rd International Conference on Investigative Interviewing will be held 16-18 June 2008 in Quebec, Canada. The theme is “The Search for the Truth”. According to the website:

This conference is mainly addressed to:
• investigators and civilian and police personnel from Québec, Canadian, and international police forces;
• investigators from Quebec, Canadian, and international governmental organizations;
• academics and researchers from fields closely related to investigations;
• and Crown Attorneys.

The chair of the Scientific committee, Michel St Yves writes:

The statements of witnesses, victims and suspects, represent a considerable part of the work conducted by investigators. Testimonials and facts must be brought together in order to solve the puzzle. Testimonials bring meaning to the facts and make them live. It is through testimonials that we establish the truth.

It is with tremendous pride that I invite you to participate in the third great assembly. The search for the truth through witness, victim, and suspect accounts, is at the very essence of the pursuit for justice.

More details, including a programme, details of speakers and a registration form on the conference website. (Note: the site doesn’t work properly with Opera but it’s fine with Firefox and IE.)

Conference this Saturday at Harvard

The Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School is holding a conference on “Ideology, Psychology & Law” this Saturday, 8 March.

At this year’s conference, leading social scientists will present their illuminating research regarding the psychological sources and effects of “ideology.” Together with several distinguished law professors, the researchers will also discuss the implications of their work for policy, politics, law, and legal theory.

More here.

Violence on Campus: Prediction, Prevention and Response

Hat tip to Crime and Consequences for alerting us to an upcoming conference at Columbia Law School:

…a one day conference on Violence on Campus: Prediction, Prevention and Response to be held on Friday, April 4, 2008 at the Law School. The conference, which will feature academic experts from law and the social sciences, policy makers and practitioners, is intended to bring together professionals and academics to share knowledge and information, and to stimulate research and innovative policy development in this area. We expect that attendees will include university attorneys and administrators; counseling center directors and staff; off-campus clinicians who work with students; academics in mental health, law, and policy; students; and the media.

The programme includes:

  • Understanding Violence in Colleges and Universities – William Modzeleski, Associate Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, Washington, D.C.
  • Prediction of Violence – Edward Mulvey, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
  • Turning Violence Inward — Understanding and Preventing Campus Suicide – Morton M. Silverman, M.D., Senior Medical Consultant, The Jed Foundation (New York) Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Chicago.
  • Media Coverage of Campus Violence – Nicholas Lemann, Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism and Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism, Columbia University.
  • Panel: Translating Theories Into Practice – Karen Bower, J.D., Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Washington D.C., Richard Eichler, Ph.D., Director of Psychological Counseling Services, Columbia University and Nancy Tribbensee, J.D., Ph.D., General Counsel for the Arizona University System

Call for papers and conference announcement: European Association of Psychology and Law

callforpapersThe 2008 EAPL Conference will be held in Maastricht, Netherlands from 2 to 5 July. The organisers are inviting papers and symposium proposals in the following areas:

Civil cases
Decision making in forensic experts
Eyewitness evidence
False confessions
Forensic psychodiagnostics
Juvenile delinquency
Law and neuroscience
Lie detection
Malingering and deception
Mental illness and offending
Offender profiling
Psychopathy
Rehabilitation of offenders

The deadline for submission is 25 January. Further details here.

Photo credit: theparadigmshifter, Creative Commons License

Summit on Violence and Abuse in Relationships

An APA summit on violence and abuse in relationships will be held February 28 – 29, 2008 in Bethesda, MD. According to the announcement:

Topics include Intimate Partner Violence, Child Maltreatment, Children Exposed to Violence and Abuse, Elder Abuse, Gender-Based Issues, Ethnic Minority, Cultural Issues, Substance Abuse, and related themes. The focus will be on What We Know, What We Need to Know, and Where Do We Need to Go with respect to Research, Intervention, and Prevention. The program will consist of a number of plenary speakers and break-out groups to discuss relevant topics.

Seminar announcement: New Developments in Criminal Justice

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, King’s College London is running a series of seminars on New Developments in Criminal Justice. The next two are on 27 November, featuring Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green, Children’s Commissioner for England, and on 12 December with the Rt Hon Lord Justice Levenson, Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales.

More details (and other speakers) via the Crime and Justice site or in this PDF flyer.

Lecture: Obstacles on the Road to Crime

The Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science at University College London is advertising a lecture on “Obstacles on the Road to Crime” by Professor Henk Elffers from the NSCR, Leiden, The Netherlands. The event will be held on Wednesday 24 October, 6.30pm – 7.30pm, in London.

According to the website, “the talk will appeal to those interested in crime from a criminological, urban design, statistical and policy point of view.”

More details on the JDI site.

Call for abstracts and conference announcement: Family Aggression: Causes & Consequences

The University of Central Lancashire is hosting a conference on Family Aggression: Causes & Consequences, organised by the International Family Aggression Society. The conference will take place on 18 and 19 March next year, in Preston (Lancs, UK).

The aim of this conference is to bring together academics, researchers, policy makers and service providers who are involved in working towards understanding, preventing and/or treating family aggression or the consequences of it. The focus of this conference is therefore broad and includes aggression between romantic partners, parent to child aggression, child to parent aggression, sibling aggression, elder aggression, and aggression to companion animals. As aggression within the family home contributes to physical and psychological injury, family breakdown, disrupted schooling and employment, antisocial behaviour and criminality, ill health and higher mortality papers on these topics are also encouraged. The multifaceted nature of family aggression highlights the need for a multidisciplinary approach and therefore papers from all disciplines are welcomed.

Keynote speakers will be Murray Straus, Richard Tremblay, David Farrington, and John Archer

The closing date for submission of abstracts is 31st October 2007.

Conference Announcement: Interrogations & Confessions

Interrogations & Confessions: A Conference Exploring Research, Practice, and Policy will be held September 27-29, 2007 at the University of Texas at El Paso. Here’s how the organisers describe it:

This two-and-a-half-day conference will provide a unique forum within which social scientists, legal scholars, law enforcement professionals, and clinicians might be brought together to critically examine the current state of research and practice on interrogations and confessions. To this end, the organizers have invited the most prominent scholars who have developed well-recognized programs of research on the topics of interrogative interviewing, false confessions, the detection of deception in forensic interviews, individual differences, and clinical-forensic evaluations.

Great line up of speakers including three researchers who are very active in false confession research – Saul Kassin, Richard Leo and Gisli Gudjonsson – plus Joseph Buckley, president of Reid Associates, developers of the widely-taught ‘Reid Technique’ for interrogation, which is, some believe, implicated in producing false confessions. Should be interesting!