Emma Cunliffe, University of British Columbia

Associate Professor Law Vancouver, British Columbia cunliffe@allard.ubc.ca Office: (604) 822-1849

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Dr. Emma Cunliffe is an Assistant Professor in the UBC Faculty of Law. She teaches criminal law, evidence and a graduate seminar in research methodologies and has won the Killam Award for Teaching Excellence and the George Curtis Memorial Award for Teaching.

Growing awareness of wrongful...


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Bio/Research

Dr. Emma Cunliffe is an Assistant Professor in the UBC Faculty of Law. She teaches criminal law, evidence and a graduate seminar in research methodologies and has won the Killam Award for Teaching Excellence and the George Curtis Memorial Award for Teaching.

Growing awareness of wrongful convictions has led to an understanding that some commonly used expert evidence is unreliable, and that courts have not historically done a good job of identifying and excluding low-quality expert testimony. Dr. Cunliffe's research focuses on scientific and behavioural evidence in child homicide trials; and more generally considers the interplay between expert (non-legal) knowledges, cultural knowledges and legal reasoning. She is the author of Murder, Medicine and Motherhood (Hart Publishing, 2011) which examines the case of Kathleen Folbigg, a mother who was convicted of murdering her children based on misleading medical evidence. Her book demonstrates how legal process, medical knowledge and expectations of motherhood work together when a mother is charged with killing infants who have died in mysterious circumstances. With funding from SSHRC, she is working with Professor Christine Boyle on a project examining child homicide cases in Canada. Dr Cunliffe is a member of the editorial boards for the International Journal of Evidence & Proof and the Australian Feminist Law Journal and is regularly invited to present her work to judges, lawyers and experts.


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