First published in 1998, this volume contains essays from leading thinkers on both sides of the Atlantic on the relationship between law and science. Science plays an ever-increasing part in the development of legislation and the adjudication of cases. Its limitations and its value are explored in these essays which discuss issues of methodology and of evidence. Amongst areas covered are silicone breast implants, the rape trauma syndrome, the environment, inventions and Bayesianism.
Table of Contents
1. Law and Science: Science and Law. Michael Freeman. 2. A Just Measure of Science. David Nelken. 3. Codes of Practice: Communicating Between Science and Law. Christine Willmore. 4. Bayesianism and Proof. Mike Redmayne. 5. Expert Games in Silicone Gel Breast Implant Litigation. Sheila Jasanoff. 6. DNA Evidence in the Courtroom: A Social-Psychological Perspective. Jason Schklar. 7. The Social Production of Rape Trauma Syndrome as Science and as Evidence. Shirley A. Dobbin and Sophia I. Gatowski. 8. The Application of Patent Law Principles to Scientific Developments: The Problem with Biotechnology. Margaret Llewelyn. 9. Using Law to Define Uncertain Science in Environmental Policy. Lynda M. Warren. 10. Some Challenges for Science in the Environmental Regulation of Industry. Patricia Park.
Michael Freeman, FBA is Professor of English Law at University College London where he teaches jurisprudence, Medicine, Ethics and the Law: and Conflicts of Laws. He is editor of Current Legal Problems, the International Journal of Children's Rights and general editor of the International Library of Medicine Ethics and Law. He is the Vice president of the International Society of Family Law.
’These essays advance our understanding of the multi-dimensionality of the issues and problems raised by the increasing use of science in the courtroom. By providing this corrective, decision-makers armed with its insights will be less likely to ask the wrong questions and misdiagnose the problem.’ Law and Politics Book Review