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The 5th International Conference on Evidence Law and Forensic Science Was Held in Adelaide, Australia Print E-mail
Friday, 07 August 2015 16:44

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The 5th International Conference on Evidence Law and Forensic Science (“ICELFS 2015”) has successfully held during 2015 July 22-23 in Adelaide Australia, which was jointly sponsored by PRC “111 Plan” of China Evidence Science Innovation and Talent Base and PRC “2011 Plan” of China Collaborative Innovation Center of Judicial Civilization (“CICJC”), while cohosted by China University of Political Science and Law (“CUPL”), International Association of Evidence Science (“IAES”) and University of Adelaide Law School, and organized by University of Adelaide Litigation Law Unit. The ICELF 2015 was attended by more than 220 delegates including evidence scholars and forensic scientists from 15 countries and regions of five continents including China, Australia, U.S., U.K., Swiss, Tanzania, South Africa, etc. The Chinese delegation includes 43 legal scholars and forensic experts from China University of Political Science and Law, Peking University School of Transnational Law, Sichuan University, Southwest China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing Jiaotong University, East China Normal University, East China University of Political Science and Law, Ministry Of Public Security, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, Public Security Bureau in Guangzhou, etc. The 25 people CUPL delegation (including 19 professors, 2 full-time researchers, and 4 Ph.D. candidates), led by Professor Baosheng Zhang (Co-Chair of the “2011 Plan” China Collaborative Innovation Center of Judicial Civilization), attended the ICELF 2015. Participants had comprehensive discussions under the theme of ICELFS 2015 – Proof in Modern Litigation: Developments and Reforms in Evidence Law and Forensic Science.

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(Mr David Caruso - Chief Convener of ICELFS 2015, Professor Baosheng Zhang - Co-Chair of Collaborative Innovation Center of Judicial Civilization, and Professor Ronald J. Allen – President of International Association of Evidence Science gave their opening addresses respectively.)

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(Photo Gallery of Chinese Speakers at ICELFS 2015)

Since 2007, four ICELFS, cohosted and co-sponsored by Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science - CUPL and Key Laboratory of Evidence Science of the Ministry of Education, had been biennially convened in Beijing. ICELFS has been growing into a biennial communication feast for the evidence law jurists and forensic scientists in China and around the world. ICELFS 2015 is the inaugural convention of ICELFS outside Beijing, which indicated that the interdisciplinarity and internationalization of ICELFS has made a major breakthrough.

Two-day Pre-Conference Workshop was elaborately prepared before the Conference, which included observing trial sessions at the Supreme Court and District Court of South Australia, attendance and presentations at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (University of Adelaide) as well as visiting the Laboratories of Forensic Science SA. The laboratory staff elaborately presented their latest research results for the participants.

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(Photos of Pre-Conference Workshops)

At the Conference, Mr David Caruso (Chief Convener of ICELFS 2015) made opening remarks. Then, Professor Warren Bebbington (Vice Chancellor and President, The University of Adelaide), Professor Baosheng Zhang (Co-Director, Collaborative Innovation Center of Judicial Civilization), Professor Ronald J. Allen (President, International Association of Evidence Science), and Professor John Williams (Dean of Law, The University of Adelaide Law School) delivered their opening addresses respectively. Following the welcome ceremony, the opening plenary discussed the topic of “the Nature of Evidence and Forensic Proof in Modern Litigation”, in which speakers included Professor Baosheng Zhang, the Honorable Chief Justice Christopher J. Kourakis (Chief Justice of South Australia), Professor Ronald J. Allen (President, International Association of Evidence Science), Professor David Balding (Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne), the Honorable President Christopher Maxwell (President of the Court of Appeal of Victoria), Professor Paul Roberts (Professor of Criminal Jurisprudence, University of Nottingham), Professor Gary Edmond (Australian Research Council Future Fellow, The University of New South Wales), and the Honorable Chief Justice Mohamed C. Othman (Chief Justice of Tanzania).

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(The highlights of the conference)

Besides the topic in the opening plenary, the Conference Proceedings have 21 sessions within a period of two days, critiquing contemporary issues in evidence law and forensic science including “DNA Evidence: Technology, Presentation and Revolution”, “Validation and Reliability of Modern Forensics”, “Forensic Advances in Proof of Pen and Hand”, “Training and Communicating Visual Expertise”, “Systems and Standards of Proof in Modern Litigation”, “The Maintenance of Rights in Modern Criminal Justice”, “Forensic Identification Evidence: Methods and Proof”, “Testimonial Evidence in Criminal Proof: Common and Civil Law Comparisons”, “New and Emerging Medical Forensics”, “Miscarriages of Justice: Lessons of Proof and Practice”, “Reasoning and Efficiency in Modern Litigation”, “Electronic Data Preservation, Recovery and the Internet in Modern Litigation”, “Evidential Issues and Proof in International Arbitration”, “Unlawfully Obtained Evidence in the East: the effect of Western Ideology”, “Expert Influence and Lay Assessment in Modern Litigation: The Treatment of Experts and the Future of Juries”, “Forensic Evidence Frameworks: a Global Review of Forensic Standards and Legal Frameworks”, “Comprehending Forensics within the Courtroom: Judge and Jury Challenges”, “Proof and Evidence Preservation in International Conflict and Security”, “Law and Forensics of Character and Misconduct Evidence”, “Criminal Psychology and Mental Functioning: the Legal and Forensic Response”, and “How to Cross-Examine Forensic Scientists: A Guide for Lawyers”. Every Chinese delegate spoke at the conference for 15 to 20 minutes, and there were 10 Chinese scholars who also played the role of co-chair in 12 parallel sessions.

After the first day of the conference proceedings, all delegates were warmly invited by Mr. Martin Haese, Mayor of Adelaide, to attended the grand Conference Reception at the Adelaide Town Hall. During the dinner, the Chief Justice of Australia, Robert S. French gave a speech named “The Intersection of the Era of Evidence Law and Forensic Science” for 30 minutes. The Speaker of the South Australian Parliament, Mr. Michael Atkinson, Professor Baosheng Zhang, head of the China delegation and Mr. David Caruso made remarks respectively at the Conference Reception.

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(Mayor of Adelaide Mr. Martin Haese held a welcome party at the Adelaide Town Hall.)

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(Chief Justice of Australia, Robert S. French delivered a speech at the Conference Reception)

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(Professor Baosheng Zhang made a remark at the Conference Reception.)

The Fifth Council Meeting of the International Association of Evidence Science was held at the Henry Basten Room, Mitchell Building of the University of Adelaide in the afternoon of 2015 July 23. Professor Ronald J. Allen (President of IASE) took the chair. All IAES council members who attended the meeting agreed that nine scholars from eight countries formally became new members of IAES, including Professor Paul Roberts (University of Nottingham), Professor Thomas Yunlong Man (Peking University School of Transnational Law), Mohamed C. Othman (Chief justice of Tanzania), Chris Pearman (Director of Forensic Science of SA), etc. In addition, the council unanimously passed the proposal that the 6th ICELFS will be held in Maryland, United States in 2017 and the organizer will be the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland.

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[The group photo of the 5th board meeting of IAES. The clockwise direction from the top left corner of the second row: Assistant Professor Zhuhao Wang (Associate Executive Director of IAES from China University of Political Science and Law), Professor Zhongzhi Long (Sichuan University), Professor Paul Roberts (University of Nottingham), Associate professor Zhong Zhang (China University of Political Science and Law), David Caruso (Associate Executive Director of IAES from University of Adelaide), Chris Pearman (Director of Forensic Science of SA), Mbarouk S. Mbarouk (Justice of Appellate Court of Tanzania), Andrew Ligertwood (Emeritus Fellow, University of Adelaide), Professor Ronald J. Allen (President of IAES, Northwestern University Law School), Mohamed C. Othman (Chief Justice of Tanzania), Professor Baosheng Zhang (Executive Director of IAES, China University of Political Science and Law), Professor Edward L. Imwinkelried, (University of California, Davis, Law School)]

The ICELFS 2015 is the inaugural conference outside China which CUPL as a sponsor co-hosted with foreign collaborative units. For the first time in history of CUPL, a delegation of 25 professors and students have attended an international academic conference overseas and every delegates addressed speeches respectively. The successful convening of the conference benefits from the strong support by the Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science - CUPL, International Office of Cooperation and Exchanges - CUPL, Scientific Research Department of CUPL as well as other departments and schools in CUPL. It also benefits from the sponsorship of the “2011 Plan” of China Collaborative Innovation Center of Judicial Civilization and the “111 Plan” of China Evidence Science Innovation and Talent Base, and the efficient work of the organizer committee and the student working group in Australia. Additionally, the conference received supports from the Law Foundation of SA and the Fisher Jeffries Barristers & Solicitors.

At the closing ceremony, Professor Baosheng Zhang summarized the achievements of the ICELFS 2015 from five aspects, namely cross-disciplinary, cross-border, cross-cultural background, cross the justice system and common orientation. At the after-conference party, delegates took photos together and made an appointment to meet again in Maryland in 2017.

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[The clockwise direction from the top left corner: Professor Baosheng Zhang gave souvenirs of CUPL to Professor John Williams (Dean of Law School of University of Adelaide), Christopher J. Kourakis (Chief justice of SA), John Sulan (Justice of SA), and Martin Haese (Mayor of Adelaide) respectively.]

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(The collections of the splendid moments of ICELFS 2015)

 

Note I: The Name List of the Organizing Executive Committee of ICELFS 2015

 

Mr David Caruso

Law School of the University of Adelaide

The Chief Convener of the conference, associate executive director of IAES

Professor Baosheng Zhang

China University of Political Science and Law

The principal of Chinese Delegation, executive director of IAES

Professor Ronald J. Allen

Northwestern University Law School

President of IAES

Emeritus Professor Andrew Ligertwood

Law School of the University of Adelaide

Vice President of IAES

Assistant Professor Zhuhao Wang

China University of Political Science and Law

The Chief Coordinator of the Chinese Delegation, associate executive director of IAES

Professor John Williams

Law School of the University of Adelaide

Dean of law School of the University of Adelaide

 

Note II: The Name List of the Chinese Delegation of the Conference (listed in no particular order)

 

Baosheng Zhang

Professor (Head of Delegation)

Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science, China University of Political Science and Law

Zhong Zhang

Associate Professor (Deputy Head of Delegation)

Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science, China University of Political Science and Law

Zhuhao Wang

Assistant Professor (Deputy Head of Delegation)  

 

Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science, China University of Political Science and Law

Xu Wang

Professor

Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science, China University of Political Science and Law

Zhiyuan Guo

Professor

Criminal Justice College of China University of Political Science and Law

Dong Zhao

Professor

Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science, China University of Political Science and Law

Jinian Hu

Professor

Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science, China University of Political Science and Law

Hongqi Wu

Associate Professor

Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science, China University of Political Science and Law

Hongxia Hao

Associate Professor

Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science, China University of Political Science and Law

Yuanfeng Wang

Associate Professor

Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science, China University of Political Science and Law

Gefei Ji

Associate Professor

Civil, Commercial and Economic Law School of China University of Political Science and Law

Li Yuan

Associate Professor

Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science, China University of Political Science and Law

Shanshan Zhao

Associate Professor

Criminal Justice College of China University of Political Science and Law

Zhenhui Wang

Associate Professor

Institute of Litigation Law, China University of Political Science and Law

Luping Zhang

Associate Professor

China University of Political Science and Law, China University of Political Science and Law

Bing Li

Assistant Professor

Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science, China University of Political Science and Law

Run Ni

Assistant Professor

Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science, China University of Political Science and Law

Xiaodong Xu

Engineer

Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science, China University of Political Science and Law

Yuanli Han

Engineer

Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science, China University of Political Science and Law

Jing Wang

Engineer

Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science, China University of Political Science and Law

Lu Zhang

Doctor

Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science, China University of Political Science and Law

Xiaodong Dai

Ph.D Candidate

China University of Political Science and Law

Qiang Liu

Ph.D Candidate

China University of Political Science and Law

Peng Chai

Ph.D Candidate

China University of Political Science and Law

Shanzi Hong

Ph.D Candidate

China University of Political Science and Law

Zongzhi Long

Professor

Sichuan University School of Law

Weimin Zuo

Professor

Sichuan University School of Law

Yunlong Man

Professor

International Law School of Perking University

Chuanming Fan

Assistant Professor

East China Normal University Department of Law

Fei Zheng

Assistant Professor

Law School of Beijing Jiaotong University

Xi Zheng

Associate Professor

Law School of Beijing Foreign Studies University

Rongliang Ma

Associate Professor

Institute of Forensic Science, Ministry of Public Security

Aiyan Zhang

Professor

Shandong University of Political Science and Law

Zhefeng Xu

Engineer

Guangzhou Public Security Bureau

Lei Yan

Assistant Professor

Southwest University of Political Science and Law

Wei Guo

Associate Professor

Southwest University of Political Science and Law

Zhihui Jia

Professor

Southwest University of Political Science and Law

Yanlin Yu

Assistant Professor

Southwest University of Political Science and Law

Ruchao Chen

Associate Professor

Southwest University of Political Science and Law

Jinyou Yang

Engineer

Southwest University of Political Science and Law

Xiaoming Chen

Postgraduate student

East China University of Political Science and Law

Fan Yang

Deputy Director

Arbitration Institute of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission

 

Attachment I: Proceedings of ICELFS 2015

 

Attachment II: The opening address of Professor Baosheng Zhang

 

Attachment III: The closing address of Professor Baosheng Zhang

 

 

 

(News Reporters - Xiaodong Dai, Peng Chai,  Revised by Zhuhao Wang)