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Scientific Evidence Seminar

This seminar addresses a fundamental question surrounding scientific or expert evidence: how can a layperson like a judge or juror best make decisions about facts involving specialized knowledge? After examining the philosophical and social scientific literature relevant to this question, the course proposes a pragmatic solution that arguably applies not only to the legal context, but also more generally. The ramifications of that solution for legal doctrine are then explored – including its implications on admissibility (Daubert), sufficiency, and the division of responsibility between judge and jury. Enrollment Limited