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Dr Kyriakos Kotsoglou

Senior Lecturer

Department: Northumbria Law School

Dr. Kyriakos N. Kotsoglou joined Northumbria University as a Senior Lecturer in Law in September 2019. Previously he held academic positions in Lausanne (2019), Liverpool Hope (2016-2018) and Freiburg/Germany (2011-2016). Kyri is a Criminal Evidence and Criminal Law scholar with a special interest for evidence & proof and (analytic) legal theory. He has 8 years of teaching experience in higher education in the U.K. and Germany. Kyri employs bottom-up teaching methods exploring ways to capture (and utilise) discussion dynamics in the classroom. He is a Fellow of the HEA since 2018.

Kyri’s scholarly work has been cited extensively by the most authoritative commentaries on the German Penal Code and Criminal Procedure. His analysis on criminal evidence has been cited by the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH). The Greek Court of Appeal (Athens) has cited and quoted extensively his work on DNA-evidence in a high-profile case, which led to the acquittal of a (falsely) convicted appellant. His work has prompted, twice, a direct reply. Kyri is currently working on the doctrinal and normative framework underlying expert witness testimony, the various issues around reverse onus clauses and the use of statistical evidence in criminal process. Kyri is a member of the Lausanne-based interdisciplinary group NORMDECS doing research on decision-structures and decision-making processes esp. in the field of expert witness testimony.

Kyri is the Programme Leader for the Mental Health Law Linked Awards at the Northumbria University School of Law.

Finally yet importantly, Kyri regularly provides expert advice to law practitioners and companies (e.g. PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2018-2019). Furthermore, he disseminates knowledge by organising seminars for law practitioners and members of the judiciary.

Kyri teaches and publishes in English, German and Greek.

Kyriakos Kotsoglou

PGR Supervision

Poloko Hiri Start Date: 18/01/2021


  • Law PhD July 08 2014
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2018

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Key Publications

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  • Are lie detector tests for terrorists really a good idea?, Kotsoglou, K., Oswald, M. 24 Feb 2021
  • To the Exclusion of All Others? DNA Profile and Transfer Mechanics – R v Jones (William Francis) [2020] EWCA Crim 1021 (03 Aug 2020), Kotsoglou, K., McCartney, C. 15 Feb 2021, In: The International Journal of Evidence & Proof
  • Zombie Forensics The Use of the Polygraph and the Integrity of the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales, Kotsoglou, K. 1 Jan 2021, In: The International Journal of Evidence & Proof
  • Accepting/Rejecting Unchallenged Expert Evidence: The Decision-Making Prerogative: R v Charlene Sargeant [2019] EWCA Crim 1088, Kotsoglou, K. 1 Feb 2020, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill 2019-21: Written Evidence: Dr Kyriakos N Kotsoglou, Senior Lecturer in Law (Criminal Evidence), Northumbria University and Marion Oswald, Vice Chancellor's Senior Fellow in Law, Northumbria University (CTSB01), Kotsoglou, K., Oswald, M. 26 Jun 2020
  • Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill 2020: Further written evidence submitted by Dr Kyriakos N. Kotsoglou, Senior Lecturer in Law (Criminal Evidence), Northumbria University, and Marion Oswald, Vice Chancellor’s Senior Fellow in Law, Northumbria University (CTSB10), Oswald, M., Kotsoglou, K. 3 Jul 2020
  • Decision Theory, Relative Plausibility and the Criminal Standard of Proof, Biedermann, A., Caruso, D., Kotsoglou, K. 19 Feb 2020, In: Criminal Law and Philosophy
  • Digital Evidence Exceptionalism?: A review and discussion of conceptual hurdles in digital evidence transformation, Biedermann, A., Kotsoglou, K. 2020, In: Forensic Science International: Synergy
  • DNA und Beweiswürdigung: Der statistische Rubikon und die Dogmatik der Identitätsfeststellung (§§ 81e, 81g, 261 StPO), Kotsoglou, K., Biedermann, A., Vuille, J. 27 Nov 2020, In: Zeitschrift für die gesamte Strafrechtswissenschaft
  • DNA και Καταλογισμός Πατρότητας: Res ipsa loquitur?, Kotsoglou, K. Oct 2020

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