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!