The Socio-Legal Studies 2013-2014 Speaker Series
Friday, November 22, 2013 2:30 – 4:00pm
Ross South 701
Faculty of Law University of British Columbia
Women and Wrongful Convictions: Learning from Difference
Dr. Emma Cunliffe is an Associate Professor in the UBC Faculty of Law. Dr. Cunliffe’s research focuses on medical, scientific and behavioural evidence in criminal trials; and more generally considers the interplay between expert knowledges, common sense and legal reasoning. She is the author of Murder, Medicine and Motherhood (Hart Publishing, 2011) which examines the case of Kathleen Folbigg, a mother who was convicted of murdering her children based on misleading medical evidence. Her book demonstrates how legal process, medical knowledge and expectations of motherhood work together when a mother is charged with killing infants who have died in mysterious circumstances. With funding from SSHRC, she is working with Professor Christine Boyle on a project examining child homicide cases in Canada. Dr Cunliffe is a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Evidence & Proof. At UBC, she teaches criminal law, evidence and a graduate seminar in research methodologies and has won the Killam Award for Teaching Excellence and the George Curtis Memorial Award for Teaching.
Co-Sponsored by: Criminology and the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies