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9 August 2018

Australian Academy of Science and Australian Academy of Law Joint Symposium

Date: Thursday 23 August 2018, 5.00pm

Federal Court's Ceremonial Court
Level 21 Law Courts Building, Queen's Square, Sydney

Register: by 20 August 2018
Fellows of both Academies and full-time students by emailing (no registration fee applies)
All others by paying $25 registration fee as detailed below

This joint symposium sees the Australian Academy of Law and the Australian Academy of Science come together to present discussions around:

  • Scientific certainty compared with legal certainty, and scientific decision-making compared with decision-making by courts
  • The difference between the scientific assessment of evidence and the assessment of evidence by the courts
  • The different notions of what is evidence and the different timeframes for reaching a decision
  • Cause and effect in science and law
  • Unconscious predispositions (biases) of judges and witnesses
  • The presentation and treatment of expert scientific evidence in the courts
  • Uncertainty as part of certainty

The Panel

The Hon Stephen Gageler AC

Panel Members

  • Professor Max Coltheart AM FAA
    Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University
  • Professor Kerrie Mengersen FAA
    Australian Laureate Fellow and Professor of Statistics, QUT
  • The Hon Chief Justice James Allsop AO
    Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia
  • The Hon Robert French AC
    Former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia

Fellows of both academies and full-time students are free of charge.

Registration fee payment: $25 (covers refreshments) to be paid via EFT by 20 August 2018.

Bank: National Australia Bank
Account name: Australian Academy of Law
BSB: 082 902
Account number: 827239044

Please ensure you have included your name as the 'reference' for your payment.