Utilizing knowledge under scientific incertitude: Lessons from law court

Martes, 7 Febrero 2017 - 12:00
Tsuyoshi HONDOU
Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University, Sendai Japan

Scientific evidence is used in courts of law as a basis of judgment because of its independence of the parties in conflict.  I will show the inevitable, fundamental conflict between the fair treatment of scientific evidence and the adversarial system by citing a case study on the protocol of cross-examination (2008) in which the authors were an expert witness (T.H.) in a court case concerning the effects of electromagnetic fields on health. After the examination in chief, the defendant’s attorney attempted to fabricate a scientific fact by asking T.H.