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We publish here, courtesy of the National Academies Press, our translation of the Introduction of the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, Third Edition, National Research Council, 2011.

The purpose of the Manual, which got to its third edition in 2011, is to provide the US judges with the cognitive tools needed to correctly set, and therefore to solve, the main problems raised in raised in trials by the different scientific disciplines[1].


To read the Reflection, click on “open file” .




[1] Per ulteriori informazioni sulla storia e sui contenuti del Manuale, si rinvia alla sintesi di S. Arcieri, Il giudice e la scienza. L’esempio degli Stati Uniti: il Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, in Diritto Penale Contemporaneo, 6 marzo 2017.


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