Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Call for Papers: Controversies in Criminal Evidence

Edited by
Sarah Lucy Cooper
BCU Centre for American Legal Studies

Ashgate Series: Controversies in American Constitutional Law

Call for Contributors

Birmingham City University’s Centre for American Legal Studies in the United Kingdom is developing a multi-volume series entitled “Controversies in American Constitutional Law” with Ashgate Publishing Ltd. The volumes, each of which will be led by the Centre’s faculty, will include edited collections on equal protection law, death penalty law and international law. The first collection in the series, Controversies in Innocence Cases in America, led by Sarah Lucy Cooper was published in May, 2014. Founders of the American Innocence Movement, Peter J. Neufeld and Barry C. Scheck, commented that “Anyone who cares about miscarriages of justice and thinks critically about the system as a whole will find this collection to be a provocative, insightful, and valuable resource.” More information about this title can be found here: http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409463542

Ms. Cooper’s second collection Controversies in Criminal Evidence will comprise at least twelve chapters, and bring together leading experts on the theory, application and scholarly analysis of evidence law in America, from a variety of legal, scientific, policy and ethical perspectives. The contributors will investigate contemporary questions concerning the issues presented by criminal evidence. The chapters will be placed within a multi-disciplinary perspective to provide cogent observations and recommendations for the effective application and development of criminal evidence law.

The topics to be included (but not limited to) are:
1)      Theory and criminal evidence.
2)      Basic principles and criminal evidence.
3)      Burdens, presumptions and procedural aspects.
4)      General constitutional law principles.
5)      Perspectives are major federal and state admissibility frameworks such as the Federal Rules of Evidence.
6)      Expert evidence, including scientific, forensic and medical evidence in criminal cases.
7)      Circumstantial, character, hearsay and impeachment evidence.
8)      Integrity issues and criminal evidence.
9)      Judicial notice, privileges and trial procedure.
10)  Current legislative and policy reforms in evidence law.
11)  International perspectives and/or comparative discussions.

Submissions Information
If you are interested in contributing to this edited collection you may wish to focus upon one of the above topics or submit a different issue to be analysed. Chapters should be approximately 12,000 words, including footnotes. Footnotes should be Bluebook compliant, but chapters should otherwise be in line with the Ashgate house-style. The submission deadline for abstracts (Max. 400 words) is December, 12, 2014. After this, a proposal will be formed and forwarded to Ashgate for approval. The provisional deadline for first drafts is August 1, 2015.

If you have any questions or you would like to discuss an alternative topic to the ones identified above, please contact me at: sarah.cooper@bcu.ac.uk

Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.