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Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a chance to relax before diving back into classes this term.

The FLF is thrilled to announce that Dr. Emma Cunliffe (UBC Faculty of Law) will be leading a roundtable for us on January 21st from 12 -1 on “What Feminism Can Teach us About Expert Evidence”. This is a great chance for those who have taken evidence to consider some feminist issues around the case law and concepts learned in class. For those who haven’t taken evidence yet, the roundtable is an opportunity to gain a feminist perspective on evidence law. Evidence law is an area where a feminist perspective is extremely important and there’s not a lot of time to delve into these issues in the course itself. So come to the roundtable to learn and discuss!

If you’d like to prepare for the roundtable, Dr. Cunliffe would be grateful if you did a broad reading that will provide a good introduction to the topic. The approach to the roundtable will be flexible and open so that there can be lots of discussion and time for questions. The reading should help spark some thoughts in your mind before the discussion. Click on the link below for the reading.

What feminism can teach us about expert evidence

We are very excited to host Dr. Emma Cunliffe for this roundtable. It is an honour to have her come speak with us.

 

Dr Emma Cunliffe is an Assistant Professor at the UBC Faculty of Law.  She won the Killam Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2010 and has pioneered the use of problem-based learning in her classes at UBC.  Dr Cunliffe’s research focuses on expert evidence in homicide trials, particularly expert medical evidence.  Her forthcoming book (Murder, Medicine and Motherhood: Hart, 2011) considers the role of sudden infant death syndrome and normative conceptions of motherhood in child homicide prosecutions in the early 21st century.  In her current work, Emma is considering the social and legal context in which 20 parents and caregivers were wrongly accused of murder by Ontario pathologist Charles Smith.  In addition, Emma is conducting the first comprehensive survey of admissibility decisions regarding expert evidence in Canadian courts, in an effort to identify whether some types of expertise are scrutinized more closely than others by judges and lawyers.

 

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