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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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Are lie detector tests for terrorists really a good idea?, Kotsoglou, K., Oswald, M. 24 Feb 2021
  • Capturing Debate Dynamics: Complexity Theory and Emergent Learning in Legal Education, Kotsoglou, K. 9 Jul 2021, In: International Journal of Complexity in Education
  • Decision Theory, Relative Plausibility and the Criminal Standard of Proof, Biedermann, A., Caruso, D., Kotsoglou, K. 1 Jul 2021, In: Criminal Law and Philosophy
  • Forensic science and the principle of excluded middle: “Inconclusive decisions” and the structure of error rate studies, Biedermann, A., Kotsoglou, K. 2021, In: Forensic Science International: Synergy
  • H χρηση DNA στην ποινικη αποδειξη, Kotsoglou, K. 2021
  • Not ‘very English’: On the Use of the Polygraph by the Penal System in England and Wales, Kotsoglou, K., Oswald, M. 1 Jun 2021, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • 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. 1 Apr 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

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: The polygraph in UK criminal justice: past, present and future 2021
  • Oral presentation: 2 Papers presented in criminal justice and predictive analytics panel 2020
  • Oral presentation: Zombie technology in the twilight zone: Why polygraphs refuse to die 2020

PGR Supervision

Poloko Hiri Are Judicial actors ceding their decision-making prerogative and instead allowing forensic science experts to settle legal issues? Start Date: 17/05/2021 End Date: 17/05/2021


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

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