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About the Course

The aim of this course is to promote critical thinking with regard to forensic science. Today, in general, most people are dazzled by the technical possibilities offered by forensic science. They somewhat live in the illusion that forensic evidence is fool proof and brings factual findings with 100% certainty. This course – given by specialists in the field – goes beyond the conventional image that is promoted through TV series such as CSI. It alerts (without alarming) the public on the limits of the techniques in order to promote a sound administration of forensic science in the criminal justice system.  It allows participants to understand the importance of probabilistic reasoning in forensic science, because uncertainty is a constitutive part of forensic science. The course is constructed as a series of causes célèbres that could or have led to miscarriages of justice. Some of these cases have been part of case reviews carried out at the School of Criminal Justice of the University of Lausanne....

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May 26, 2020

The instructors are very helpful and accessible. The course is enlightening and very important in the effective interpretation of forensic science. Thank you for preparing this course!

Apr 3, 2020

An excellent course; particularly for law students with an interest in pursuing criminal law and broadening their understanding of the applications of forensic evidence in the field.

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By Winston A W

Nov 15, 2020

Excellent, thank you.

By Shirley K

Aug 14, 2020

interesting course!

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By Mauro M M

Oct 31, 2020

The course is excellent to understand how forensic science should NOT speak to the Court. This is because, in my opinion, great emphasis was given to mistakes in Forensic Science. In this perspective, one should think that the errors are more frequent than the correct interpretation of evidences by forensic scientists. Nonetheless, I agree that even the correct findings could be fragile in terms of logical conclusions. This is a particular discipline that should have more attention in the training of forensic science practitioners. Thanks for all and congratulations to open community eyes to the better forensic science.

By Pragati B

Sep 15, 2020

A very helpful course, to understand how forensic results should be interpreted concerning the case presented before. Also helps in knowing how the results shouldn't be trusted blindly as there is always room for discrepancies.

By Clemente A P S

Nov 29, 2020

It's an excellent course with important information for us, forensic scientists, and also for lawyers and judges. It helps us to write better reports and to giver better answers written or in the court.

By M H H

Aug 27, 2020

To be frank.. I really enjoyed doing this course.. The cases discussed during the course are really informative and gave more light on my knowledge regarding forensic science.

By Sheza K

Aug 4, 2020

This course have a lot of information regarding forensic skill and have a better understanding about these cases

By Colin R

Jul 16, 2020

Informative and very well explained

By pasan r

May 20, 2020

A good course.