Saturday, September 1, 2007

NZ- The Innocence Project Conference .

The NZ Innocence Project Conference is to be held on the
Thu 13th December 2007 to Sat 15th December 2007

The Innocence Project New Zealand (IPNZ) is a joint venture between Victoria University of Wellington and University of Otago. It was recently established as non-profit group of scientists, writers and lawyers aimed at investigating possible cases wrongful conviction in the New Zealand legal system.

The IPNZ has announced that registration for their first international conference is now open. It will be held at Rutherford House, Victoria University of Wellington, on 13th-15th December 2007.

The IPNZ Conference 2007 will offer a cross-disciplinary examination of scientific evidence in the courtroom. We are bringing together prominent scientists and legal experts whose work has influenced the criminal justice system. The conference is designed for lawyers, judges, politicians, policy makers, police, scientists, students and members of the general public: in short, everyone who has a stake in the integrity of the criminal justice system.

Speakers will include:

Prof. William Thompson (University of California, Irvine), an expert in DNA testing
Dr. Simon Cole (University of California, Irvine), an expert on fingerprint evidence
Jackie McMurtrie (University of Washington), a professor of law and director of the Innocence Project Northwest
Dr. Yvette Tinsley (Victoria University of Wellington), a Senior Lecturer in Law
Prof. Harlene Hayne (University of Otago), an expert in children’s memory
Prof. Neil Brewer (Flinders University), an expert in eyewitness identification procedures
Dr. Maryanne Garry (Victoria University of Wellington), an expert in human memory distortions
Christopher Stevenson (Barrister), a practicing Barrister in New Zealand
Assoc. Prof. Felicity Goodyear-Smith (University of Auckland), an expert in child sexual abuse
Registration is NZD$110.00 (NZD$35 for students) and is available from their website.

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