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“All in the Balance – An Analysis of Justice”
April 26, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
THE BAKER STREET IRREGULARS OF ST GEORGE'S, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
a student society focussed on forensic medicine and pathology
"All in the balance: an analysis of justice"
Serial told the story of the vicious murder of a high school girl by her boyfriend – and around the world listeners were rivetted.
Then came Making a Murderer and the world was again invited to look at the evidence surrounding a real-life horror story and decide for themselves on the strength of the case. Newspapers published opinion pieces, friends discussed the cases at the pub or over coffee and, on the strength of public interest, authorities were convinced to reconsider the facts in both of these cases.
Horrific crimes have always sold newspapers but in our entertainment-driven age when does public interest become voyeurism? What is the impact of pieces like Serial and Making a Murderer on the delivery of justice? And what unexpected consequences might the public appetite for ‘true crime’ have on the parties involved?
For our final talk of the 2015/16 academic year, join our esteemed speakers for a fascinating talk examining our relationship as a modern society to the administration and, sometimes, the miscarriage of justice.
Dr Margaret Stark (Chairman of the Forensic Science Subcommittee, Royal College of Physicians) will discuss potential miscarriages of justice and the role of forensic practitioners in medicine.
Professor Deborah Bowman (Bioethics, Clinical Ethics and Medical Law, and Dean of Students at St George’s University of London) will examine the recent media phenomena of shows such as Serial and Making a Murderer, whilst asking questions about managing objective criticism and where the lines may blur between reality and entertainment.
- Date: Tuesday, 26th April
- Time: 18.00 to 19.30
- Location: Michael Heron Lecture Theatre (MHLT), 1st floor, St George’s University
- Members free // £2 public and non-members
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