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Law - 22.06.2015
Sexual assaults less likely in neighborhoods where registered sex offenders live
ANN ARBOR-Reported sex offenses were lower in neighborhoods where more registered sex offenders live-a finding that runs counter to public perception about residential safety. A new study by the University of Michigan and Princeton University explored sex offender laws and the location of reported sex crimes by tracking address information of registered sex offenders in Baltimore County, Maryland.

Health - Law - 15.05.2015
New test detects drug use from a single fingerprint
Research published today in the journal Analyst has demonstrated a new, non-invasive test that can detect cocaine use through a simple fingerprint. For the first time, this new fingerprint method can determine whether cocaine has been ingested, rather than just touched.

Administration - Law - 02.05.2015
Warwick experts help West Midlands Police convict killers
Unique collaboration sees cutting edge research used to prove murder cases Futuristic 3D scanning technology at WMG , University of Warwick is helping West Midlands Police to convict killers thanks to a pioneering new partnership which is providing juries with microscopic evidence previously beyond the reach of forensic testing.

Law - Administration - 30.04.2015
Texas Lawmakers Should Use Evidence-Based Policy More Often
Government "reforms are advocated as though they were certain to be successful," yet most "programs end up with no interpretable evaluation" of their success. Donald Campbell wrote those words in 1969, but he could easily have been writing about Texas today. The state launches, expands and cuts programs without using evidence of whether they are achieving their goals.

Law - Life Sciences - 25.04.2015
Science can inform, correct convictions, panel shows
Science can inform, correct convictions, panel shows
A man wrongfully convicted of raping and murdering a 9-year-old girl is sentenced to death and imprisoned in Maryland for nine years before DNA samples exonerate him. A woman is one of six people accused of the rape and murder of a 68-year-old woman. She is interrogated multiple times; a psychologist tells her that if she would only relax, the memories of her participation in the crime would come back to her; she pleads guilty to murder.

Social Sciences - Law - 20.04.2015
Immigration appeals process lacks consistency, fairness, Stanford research shows
Immigration appeals process lacks consistency, fairness, Stanford research shows
A Stanford scholar found that the appeals process for the immigration courts fails to correct disparities in judges' decisions. He suggests new reforms to make the process more fair and consistent. The federal immigration appeals process lacks consistency because it reviews a small and skewed sample of cases, according to new Stanford research.

Law - Economics / Business - 06.04.2015
Winning women
Political parties find that their fortunes improve when they put more women on the ballot, according to a study co-authored by an MIT economist. The study analyzes changes to municipal election laws in Spain, which a decade ago began requiring political parties to have women fill at least 40 percent of the slots on their electoral lists.

Health - Law - 19.03.2015
Myths and reality about NCRs
Not criminally responsible is a phrase that conjures up fears fuelled by vast media coverage of high-profile cases in which individuals with severe mental illness have committed violent offences. Yet these cases are rare occurrences; they are exceptions to the norm within the NCR system. As a long-term study which examines the actions and experiences of individuals declared not criminally responsible has found, the truth is much less sensational.

Law - Life Sciences - 24.02.2015
Research suggests using neuroscience in law may face political resistance
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (02/23/2015) - A first of its kind study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania has found that Republicans and Independents are more likely to disapprove of neuroscience-based legal reforms if the reforms are perceived as being too lenient on criminal defendants.

Law - Administration - 23.02.2015
Tobacco Industry’s spurious claims on plain packaging must be challenged
In this letter, published in the Law Society Gazette, QMUL's Jonathan Griffiths challenges "undue pessimism" about the UK's imminent legislation on plain packaging. Richard Taylor is unduly pessimistic about the UK's imminent legislation on standardised packaging for tobacco products. He suggests that the government will be taking a 'massive gamble', because the tobacco industry will challenge the uncompensated regulation of their 'brands' as a violation of the property right protected under the European Union's Charter of Fundamental Rights (article 17).

Law - Health - 31.12.2014
New Year Honours 2015
Some breathalysers on sale to the UK public vary considerably in their ability to detect potentially unsafe levels of breath alcohol for driving, Oxford University researchers have found. The findings call into question the regulatory process for approving these sorts of devices for personal use, say the researchers, particularly as false reassurance about a person's safety to drive could have potentially catastrophic consequences.

Law - Health - 22.12.2014
New concussion laws result in big jump in concussion treatment
Laura Bailey, 734-647-1848, baileylm [a] umich (p) edu or Laura Lessnau, 734-647-1851, llessnau [a] umich (p) edu ANN ARBOR-New laws regulating concussion treatment, bolstered by heightened public awareness, have resulted in a large increase in the treatment of concussion-related injuries for school-age athletes.

Law - Event - 02.12.2014
Ability of HIV to cause AIDS is slowing
Oxford's law students have held their first moot court competition that specifically focuses on issues affecting people with disabilities.

Law - Administration - 14.11.2014
Right-to-carry gun laws linked to increase in violent crime, Stanford research shows
Stanford research reaffirms that right-to-carry gun laws are connected with an increase in violent crime. This debunks – with the latest empirical evidence – earlier claims that more guns actually lead to less crime. New Stanford research confirms that right-to-carry gun laws are linked to an increase in violent crime.

Law - Health - 31.10.2014
Laws that protect physicians from malpractice lawsuits may not change the way they practice
Changing laws to protect physicians from medical malpractice lawsuits may not yield cost savings through a reduction in "defensive medicine," according to a new study by UCLA and RAND Corporation. Studying the behavior of emergency physicians in three states that raised the standard for malpractice in the emergency room to "gross negligence," researchers found that strong new legal protections did not change the care that physicians ordered or reduce costs.

Law - Economics / Business - 23.10.2014
Stronger enforcement
For interview:  Professor Ian Ramsay, Melbourne Law School Centre for Corporate Law) i.ramsay [a] unimelb.edu (p) au / 613-83445332 / 0408015027 Enquiries:  Katherine Smith, University Media Unit k.smith [a] unimelb.edu (p) au / 613-83447263 / 0402460147 The first major study of the enforcement of Australia's insider trading laws has shown the number of insider trading cases brought by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) is increasing, and the regulator is having better success with its cases.

Law - Social Sciences - 20.10.2014
Why sign rights treaties?
Since World War II, more than 45 international human-rights treaties have been signed by many of the world's roughly 200 countries. But why do some states sign such accords, especially if they lack a strong human-rights commitment in the first place? One prominent idea holds that treaty-ratifying countries are essentially bought off: They agree to lend support to the human-rights movement in exchange for material good, such as foreign aid or more trade.

Law - 16.10.2014
Columbia Professors Discuss the Issues Facing Voters in 2014
It is almost a given that the party of the incumbent president loses ground during the Congressional midterm elections, and this year is not expected to be any different. In off-year elections since 1862, the president's party has averaged losses of about 32 seats in the House and more than two seats in the Senate, according to Politi-Fact.

Law - 01.10.2014
Stocks Drop When No One Asks Questions During Earnings Calls, Study Shows
AUSTIN, Texas — Quarterly earning calls that receive zero questions or a very low number of questions during the question-and-answer session of the call lead to a significant decrease in stock price according to new research from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

Law - Agronomy / Food Science - 02.09.2014
Seatbelt laws encourage obese drivers to buckle up
Professor Sheldon H. Jacobson led a study that found that, though seatbelt use drops as obesity rises, states with primary seatbelt laws saw a drop nearly nine times less than states without such laws. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Obesity is associated with many health risks, including heart disease and diabetes, but University of Illinois researchers have found a possible way to mitigate one often-overlooked risk: not buckling up in the car.
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