Welcome to the Law & Science website.
■About this Project
An increasing number of court cases today concern scientific or technological
matters such as environmental issues, or in the case of medical accidents
or alleged false accusations, evidence based on science and technology
is at issue. In these cases, scientists and technicians are sometimes called
as expert witnesses to the court, and examined by legal experts such as
judges, prosecutors, and lawyers. The question here is to what extent these
legal experts understand the act of “science”, and whether scientists and
technicians are aware of the way they understand scientific evidence.
Many of the legal
experts and scientists who have been involved in these so-called “scientific
trials” have raised questions about discrepancies between science / technology
and law. This problem becomes more
complicated particularly when unestablished so-called “scientific uncertainty”
(simply put, “what is not understood well”) is introduced to the society as
As our society is greatly influenced by judicial judgments, it is important to enable legal decision making, where wisdom of both law and science is properly integrated. Aiming to make it possible, we study in this project how legal experts and scientists / technicians can understand and discuss with each other better in settings where legal decision making is required.
Network Meeting on Law and Sciencetopics
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- July 1, 2011
- The site was opened.