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The School of Law, QUB and Edwards & Co Solicitors present a seminar for lawyers, academics and criminal justice practitioners Saturday 10 October 2015.

Historical investigations:
Psychological, evidential and legal challenges

In a climate of historical inquiries, inquests and investigations significant weight is placed upon evidence based on memory of events that occurred, in some cases, decades ago. What is the impact of lapsed time on the memory of witnesses? How far can we rely on it? How is memory affected by other people’s opinions and experiences? What are the investigative and legal challenges in dealing with such evidence?

Speakers: Professor Kieran McEvoy, QUB – “Setting the Context”

Dr James Ost, University of Portsmouth – “Memory reliability – an overview”

Professor Fiona Gabbert, Goldsmiths, London – “Memory reliability: interview-specific concerns”

Ms Pamela Radcliffe, Barrister – “The impact of memory science in the courtroom”

Detective Sergeant Gary Pankhurst, New Scotland Yard – “The impact of memory science in historic / non-recent investigations”

Venue: The Canada Room, Queen’s University Belfast Time: 10.00am-1.00pm (registration, tea and coffee from 9.30am) Numbers are limited – to reserve a place contact Lisa.green@edwardsandcompany.co.uk

Solicitors attending this event are eligible to claim 3 hours’ CPD



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