Moa Lidén awarded grant for international post-doc

20 June 2019

The Swedish Research Council recently decided to award a grant of SEK 3,150,000 to Moa Lidén, Juris Doctor of Jurisprudence at the Faculty of Law, to continue her research, in an international context, of the reliability and elasticity of forensic evidence and oral evidence.

Earlier this year, Moa Lidén was granted almost SEK 2 million from the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation for her research project “Evidence in criminal cases – reliability and elasticity”, now co-funded by the Swedish Research Council for two years out of three.

Moa Lidén will be based at the Centre for the Forensic Sciences, UCL, London, but will also spend time at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, and, for a brief period, Irvine, California.

The general aim of the project is to study the extent to which forensic evidence and oral evidence, two common types of evidence in criminal proceedings, are reliable and elastic. Another aim is to initiate an evaluation of possible means to prevent or mitigate the effect of any shortcomings in these respects. Legal actors regularly make decisions based on forensic and oral evidence and understanding of possible sources of error is thus necessary to, for example, ensure robust application of the evidentiary requirement beyond reasonable doubt. The project therefore refers to central issues of legal security.

In order to realise the aims of the project, three experimental studies will be conducted involving forensic pathologists, radiologists and odontologists (Study I), crime scene investigators/forensic scientists (Study II) and individuals acting as suspects and witnesses (Study III). This will include several scenario- and lab-based experiments.

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