Second meeting – AGM and legal epidemiology

On Wednesday 21 October, the second meeting of the Section was held at the Royal Statistical Society headquarters in Errol street. At the AGM preceding the meeting it was announced that no further nominations for committee members of the Section had been received, so the provisional committee were duly elected. Following the AGM, three presentations were heard:

Professor Alex Burdorf, Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam ‘An epidemiologist’s experience of giving expert evidence in asbestos litigation’ DownloadSlides

Dr Claire McIvor, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Birmingham ‘A view from legal academia: the doubles the risk test and other basic mistakes that the courts make about epidemiology’

Professor Philip Dawid, Emeritus Professor of Statistics, University of Cambridge ‘Legal epidemiology and the significance of the distinction between effects of causes and causes of effects’ DownloadSlides

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RSS conference 2015 session

On Thursday 10 September there was a “Statistics and the Law” session at the Royal Statistical Society conference at The Forum in Exeter. There were three presentations on different aspects of the intersection of statistics and the law, followed by a lively discussion session. The presentations were:

Dr R. Puch-Solis (LGC Forensics) – Statistical evaluation of forensic DNA evidence

Professor J. Hutton (University of Warwick) – Epidemiological evidence in civil cases DownloadSlides

Dr A. Wilson (Durham University) – The evaluation of evidence consisting of traces of cocaine on banknotes DownloadSlides

and the discussion was chaired by Professor J. Hutton.

Seminar on Legal Epidemiology – October 21st

The next meeting of the Statistics and Law section of the Royal Statistical Society will be held on Wednesday October 21st from 2.30 – 4.30 p.m. at Errol Street. It will be preceded by the AGM at 2.00 p.m.

If you are planning to attend please register at events@rss.org.uk

Epidemiological evidence and tort litigation: A study in judicial confusion about basic statistics

2.00 – 2.30 Annual General Meeting

Seminar on Legal Epidemiology

2.30 – 2.35 Welcome and Introduction by seminar chair, Dr Claire McIvor

2.35 – 3.10 ‘An epidemiologist’s experience of giving expert evidence in asbestos litigation’
Professor Alex Burdorf, Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam

3.10 – 3.45 ‘A view from legal academia: the doubles the risk test and other basic mistakes that the courts make about epidemiology’
Dr Claire McIvor, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Birmingham

3.45 – 4.20 ‘Legal epidemiology and the significance of the distinction between effects of causes and causes of effects’
Professor Philip Dawid, Emeritus Professor of Statistics, University of Cambridge

4.20 – 4.30 Concluding thoughts

Tea and coffee will be available before the seminar.

Travel Information: The nearest tube stations are Moorgate, Old Street, Liverpool Street and Barbican.