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Course Name Problems of Proof: Advanced Perspectives on the Law of Evidence
Course Code LAW 6784P
Course Credits 3.0
Pre/Anti-requisites
Course Description

The law of evidence occupies a distinctive position in the administration of criminal justice. Neither substantive nor procedural, principles of evidence translate raw information and experience into juridical fact, shaping the stories that serve as the basis for judgments about guilt and blame. This course builds upon basic knowledge of the laws of criminal evidence, seeking to expose and assess the deeper tensions, trends, and problematics that animate this fascinating element of the criminal justice system. Students will encounter these deeper issues by placing the contemporary law of evidence in the arc of its historical development, by seeking to understand Canadian evidence law in comparative perspective, by means of sustained attention to the theoretical problems that afflict questions of proof and "knowing" in a trial context, and through attention to the way that power and social justice are implicated in evidentiary issues. With these perspectives in hand, the course will examine pressing contemporary issues in the law of evidence, including the role and use of scientific evidence; the problem of wrongful convictions; the assessment of credibility; and proof in crimes involving violence against women and children.

Upcoming Offerings

Fall 2018

Specialization Criminal Law and Procedure
Status Required
CPD Hours Eligible LSO CPD: 12h Substantive Professional LLM courses may be eligible for CPD/MCLE credits in other Canadian jurisdictions. To inquire about credit eligibility, please email cpd@osgoode.yorku.ca
NCA Status N/A

All courses and schedules are subject to change.