School of Law

Where next for Bayes? Can we agree on the role of Bayesian reasoning in Criminal Justice?

7 December 2011

Time: 2:00 - 5:00pm
Venue: Octagon, Queens' Building, Mile End Campus

Criminal Justice Centre - invitation only event for members of the Bayes and Law research network

1.45-2pm Arrival, tea and coffee

2pm Introduction: Professor Norman Fenton and Amber Marks: technical and legal issues surrounding the use of Bayes.

2.15pm Keynote speech: Andrew Rennison, Forensic Science Regulator: ‘The role of the Forensic Science Regulator and quality standards in forensic science.’

2.30pm Speech: Karen Squibb-Williams, Strategic Policy Advisor, Crown Prosecution Service

2.45-3pm Speech: Maura McGowan QC, Criminal Bar Association

3pm Open discussion on research objectives: Chair Norman Fenton

It is the organisers’ hope that participants will bring ideas for empirical research they would like to be involved in which address the following research themes:

  • Research theme 1: What is the scope of the evidence Bayesian reasoning should be applied to?
  • Research theme 2: How best to present Bayesian evidence (considering both the investigative and evaluative stages of the criminal justice process).

4.45pm Chair rounds up: the way forward.

5pm – 6pm Drinks and informal discussion.


Rosie Wild

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