Credits to
Susanna Arcieri - Piergiorgio Strata

A proposal for scientific judicial training

Some starting points from the US experience

Issue 11/2020

Abstract. This contribution is the summary of the research work carried out by the authors, a neuroscientist and a lawyer, regarding some of the most important initiatives promoted over the last three decades by many US institutions, public and private, to strengthen judicial training on scientific topics and problems and, more generally, to favor an ever greater integration between the world of law and that of science.

SUMMARY: 1. Premise. – 2. The Dana Foundation’s initiatives (and its history). – 3. The 1990s and the Jeritt Project. – 4. The seminars of the Federal Judicial Center on neuroscience and biosciences. – 5. Resources offered to American judges by the National Judicial College. – 6. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists (NCLS) to spread scientific culture. – 7. The National Courts and Sciences Institute (NCSI) for better judicial science practice. – 8. Law and economics: the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior program. – 9. Massachusetts and Harvard University. – 10. New Mexico and the Judicial Science School. – 11. The training programs of the University of North Carolina. – 12. The Arizona Forensic Science Academy in Phoenix.


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