Post Truth Initiative Series: Wrongful Conviction and Truth

29 August 2017

Wrongful Conviction and Truth

When does evidence obscure the truth? Join us for a forum on the avoidable causes of wrongful conviction.

Wrongful convictions can and do happen - it's a sad fact of the Australian legal system. This panel will look at how evidence in legal proceedings can inadvertently support false conclusions if handled by non-experts (as is usually the case). Panel members are associate lecturer in psychology Celine van Golde, barrister and senior lecturer in law Miiko Kumar, both of the ‘Not Guilty’ project at the University of Sydney, and professional linguist Helen Fraser, of Forensic Phonetics Australia.

They will present real-life cases in which errors, by eyewitnesses, police, prosecutors, and other experts led to people spent years in jail following unfair trials. With reference to their ongoing research on human perception and memory they then ask: what can we do to prevent future miscarriages of justice?


  • Dr Celine Van Golde, Forensic Psychology Lab, School of Psychology, Faculty of Science
  • Dr Helen Fraser, specialist in cognitive phonetics
  • Miiko Kumar, Barrister and  Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney Law School

This event is a part of our Post Truth Initiative Series presented by the Post Truth Initiative, a Sydney Research Excellence Initiative at the University of Sydney.

The Post Truth Initiative Series examines fake news, alternative facts, lies, bullshit, and propaganda, from a range of perspectives-from the courtroom to cancer research, from philosophy to screenplays, from Orwell to Sean Spicer-with the goal to better understand the post-truth crisis, and to advise on how facts and reason might survive in this climate.

Series Chair: Professor Nick Enfield, Professor of Linguistics.


Free and open to all with online registration requested. Please click here for the registration page.

Time: 6-7.30pm

Location: Law Foyer, Level 2, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown, University of Sydney

Cost: Free, however registration is required

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0248

Email: 0b095c7628213c03433811021152092d4b771432261f391c

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