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LS551R: CRIMINAL EVIDENCE AND PROOF (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:37


Course Overview

This course is comparative in nature and examines in depth various, key evidentiary doctrines, focussing upon the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and  differences in the approaches adopted by national  jurisdictions. Topics addressed include: the nature of proof; expert evidence; vulnerable witnesses; hearsay; the right to confrontation; similar facts evidence; corroboration; and the presumption of innocence. The emphasis is not so much on ‘black-letter law’ but on the principles and policies, often clashing, which underlie the detailed legal rules and regulations governing the relevant types of evidence.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Peter Duff

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Law (LS) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Various major topics in criminal evidence, for instance: expert evidence; hearsay; the right to confrontation; corroboration; similar facts evidence; vulnerable witnesses; reverse presumptions.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

14 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

First Attempt: One two hour written examination (67%) and one 3,000 word essay (33%). Re-sit Attempt: 2 hour examination.

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

None.

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