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Health - Law - 18.08.2010
Drop in teenage smokers
Drop in teenage smokers
The number of 16- and 17-year-old smokers has dropped since it became illegal to sell cigarettes to under-18s according to new UCL research published today in the journal Addiction . In the first study of its kind, more than 1,100 16- and 17-year-olds were interviewed from across England before and after the age rise in October 2007.

Law - Mathematics - 28.07.2010
Is DNA evidence enough An interview with David Kaye
Is DNA evidence enough An interview with David Kaye
By Michael Bezilla Research/Penn State David H. Kaye is Distinguished Professor of Law and Weiss Family Faculty Scholar in Penn State's Dickinson School of Law, and a member of the graduate faculty of the University's Forensic Science program. He is an internationally recognized legal expert on DNA and other forms of scientific evidence and the author of " The Double Helix and the Law of Evidence," released earlier this year by Harvard University Press.

Psychology - Law - 20.07.2010
Study: Negative emotions trigger false memories in adults more often than in children
Emotions - particularly those provoked by negative events - can cause distorted, inaccurate memories, but less often in children than in adults, according to a new Cornell study.

Social Sciences - Law - 07.07.2010
Disclosure checks under scrutiny
Researchers at the University have found that enhanced disclosure checks, which contain details of both spent and unspent convictions, give a false sense of reassurance as the majority of persistent and serious offenders are unknown to either the children's hearing system or the adult criminal justice system.

Law - 14.06.2010
Guidance on cross-examination improves accuracy of witness testimony
Guidance on cross-examination improves accuracy of witness testimony
Liverpool, UK - 15 June 2010: Researchers have found that witnesses who receive guidance on cross-examination techniques present more accurate court testimony than those who are unfamiliar with the style of questioning. The study, by researchers at the Universities of Liverpool and Leeds, showed that the construction and phrasing of 'lawyerese' questions can inhibit processes in the brain that impact on how a witness responds under cross-examination.

Health - Law - 02.06.2010
Third party litigation funding has not helped ordinary consumers
Third party litigation funding has not helped ordinary consumers
The first academic study on whether third party litigation could give people with limited means greater access to the justice system has revealed its initial findings. The research team from Oxford and Lincoln universities says preliminary findings show that although litigation funding has increased access to justice for companies, individuals do not benefit from the funding models currently available.

Law - History / Archeology - 20.05.2010
Fighting for our right to debate
Fighting for our right to debate
PhD student Jay Stone (UCL MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology) discusses the implications for science of the current inequities in British libel law. In science, healthy debate and discussion of each other's work is crucial. We all read papers and discuss what we think about them; whether we agree with their controls, their statistical analysis, whether we would have drawn the same conclusions.

Psychology - Law - 11.05.2010
Study uncovers why jurors reward the good-looking, penalize the unbeautiful
It's the last place you want to be judged on your looks. But in a court of law, it pays to be attractive, according to a new Cornell study that has found that unattractive defendants tend to get hit with longer, harsher sentences - on average 22 months longer in prison. The study also identified two kinds of jurors: Those who process information emotionally and give harsher verdicts to unattractive defendants and those who do it rationally and focus less on defendants' looks.

Life Sciences - Law - 10.05.2010
Researchers show limits of brain scans as legal evidence
While fMRI tests distinguished between rich recollection and a weak memory, the researchers could not prove whether those memories were based on the recollection of an actual experience. It can happen in any criminal trial. A witness is being questioned about her recollection of a suspect, an event or a key piece of evidence.

Law - 28.02.2010
Celebrating Indian legacy in Oxford
University | Art 01 Mar 10 Cornelia Sorabji was India's first lawyer and the first woman to sit Oxford's Bachelor of Civil Laws exam. Reproduced with permission of Richard Sorabji. Oxford University is hosting a temporary display and conference to commemorate the University's relationship with India during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

History / Archeology - Law - 26.01.2010
Lost Roman law code discovered in London
Lost Roman law code discovered in London
Simon Corcoran and Benet Salway made the breakthrough after piecing together 17 fragments of previously incomprehensible parchment. The fragments were being studied at UCL as part of the Arts & Humanities Research Council-funded 'Projet Volterra' ? a ten-year study of Roman law in its full social, legal and political context.

Law - Economics - 06.01.2010
Low-paid workers suffer high rate of workplace abuse, UCLA survey shows
An alarmingly high number of Los Angeles County workers at the bottom of the labor market are the victims of "wage theft" and other workplace violations by employers, who on average deprive workers of 12.5 percent of their weekly paycheck, according to a study released today, Jan. 6, by three researchers with the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UCLA.

Computer Science - Law - 04.01.2010
'Civic technologies' developed at Princeton shed light on government issues
Edward Felten and Stephen Schultze use computers as flashlights. The Princeton computer scientists recently oversaw the launch of two Web-based technologies to illuminate the workings of government by making court records and the federal government's "newspaper," the Federal Register, easily accessible online.

Law - Administration - 27.10.2009
What’s the most important thing to do when riding motorcycles?
October 28, 2009 — Coral Gables — One of the joys of riding a motorcycle is the freedom that comes with that form of travel. However the absence of physical barriers to protect riders puts motorcyclists at a higher risk of injury than other motorists. Motorcycle fatalities have been on the rise for many years, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

Law - Computer Science - 14.10.2009
New Research by Law Professor Analyzes Efficacy of the FCC’s Current Rules
October 15, 2009 — Coral Gables — University of Miami Law Professor Lili Levi has recently authored a research paper titled "A 'Pay or Play' Experiment to Improve Children's Educational Television." Levi's article addresses both the constitutionality and the efficacy of the FCC's current rules that effectively require broadcasters to air three hours per week of what the Commission defines as "core" children's educational programming.

Law - 23.03.2009
Individual landlords dominate rental market in Scotland
Research from the University of Sheffield has shown that the large majority of private rented housing in Scotland is owned by individual landlords rather than large-scale companies, despite deregulation in 1989. The findings have been published by the Scottish Government today (Tuesday 24 March) as part of its review of the role of the private rented sector in Scotland´s housing market.

Social Sciences - Law - 28.10.2008
Ist das neue Gesetz gegen häusliche Gewalt effizient?
Mit den neuen Bestimmungen des Schweizerischen Strafgesetzbuches zur Strafverfolgung in der Ehe und in der Partnerschaft soll häusliche Gewalt besser bekämpft werden.
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