2016 Symposium

Wrongful Convictions & Criminal Investigative Failures

The School of Criminology held a symposium to examine key factors contributing to wrongful convictions and criminal investigative failures on April 22, 2016.

The event brought together experts from Canada and the United States to discuss how these errors occur, how to best prevent future errors, and also to consider the ideal mechanisms for responding to the possibility of error.

Speaker Videos

Session 1: The Problems of Eyewitness Evidence

  • Gary Wells, Professor of Psychology and Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Iowa State University

Session 2: The Problems of Forensic Science

  • Peter Neufeld, Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, Co-Founder of the Innocence Project

Session 3: The Problems of Confessions

  • Richard Leo, Hamill Family Professor of Law and Social Psychology and Dean's Circle Scholar, University of San Francisco School of Law

Session 4: Criminal Investigative Failures

  • Kim Rossmo, University Endowed Chair in Criminology, and Director of the Centre for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation, Department of Criminal Justice, Texas State University

Session 5: Criminal Investigative Failures

  • Doug LePard, Deputy Chief, Vancouver City Police Department, VPD representative, Missing Women Commission of Inquiry

Session 6: Voices of the Wrongfully Convicted / The Innocence Project

  • Tamara Levy, Director, Innocence Project, Peter Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

Session 8: Voices of the Wrongfully Convicted / The Innocence Project

  • Peter Neufeld, Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, Co-Founder of the Innocence Project