The conference considered scientific evidence that appears in court today as well as emerging areas of science, including neuroscience, human enhancement and climate change attribution, that may appear in the courts in the coming years.
The conference was part of the Science and Law programmes at the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society. Find out more about the Royal Society's Science and the Law programme and the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Science, Technology and Law.
The conference was led by:
- David Baltimore, President Emeritus and Judge Shirley Hufstedler Professor of Biology, the California Institute of Technology
- Lord Anthony Hughes of Ombersley PC, former judge of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
- Dr Julie Maxton CBE, Executive Director of the Royal Society
- Dr Anne-Marie Mazza, Senior Director of the National Academy of Sciences
- Judge David Tatel, US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit
- Dame Anne Rafferty DBE, former Lady Justice of Appeal of England and Wales
It is hoped that this will be the first in a series of joint international Science and Law meetings in the coming years.
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