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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 also 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. In July 2020 he will co-organise (with Ass. Professor Alex Biedermann, University of Lausanne) the first interdisciplinary summer school on Evidence&Proof and theory of forensic sciences.

Kyri teaches and publishes in English, German and Greek.

Kyriakos Kotsoglou


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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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
  • Decision Theory, Relative Plausibility and the Criminal Standard of Proof, Biedermann, A., Caruso, D., Kotsoglou, K. 19 Feb 2020, In: Criminal Law and Philosophy
  • DNA und Beweiswürdigung, Kotsoglou, K., Biedermann, A., Vuille, J. 17 Feb 2020, In: Zeitschrift für die gesamte Strafrechtswissenschaft
  • Proof Beyond a Context-Relevant Doubt, Kotsoglou, K. Mar 2020, In: Artificial Intelligence and Law
  • The long arm of the algorithm? Automated Facial Recognition as evidence and trigger for police intervention, Kotsoglou, K., Oswald, M. Jan 2020, In: Forensic Science International: Synergy
  • Common Sense, Criminal Justice and Accountability. Blinking into the Black Box, Kotsoglou, K. 30 Nov 2018
  • Decisional Dimensions in Expert Witness Testimony, Biedermann, A., Kotsoglou, K. 31 Oct 2018, In: Frontiers in Psychology
  • Das Fehlurteil gibt es nicht Zur Aufgabe des Tatrichters, Kotsoglou, K. 22 Mar 2017, In: Juristenzeitung
  • The Syntax of Legal Exceptions, Kotsoglou, K. 3 Apr 2017, In: Transnational Legal Theory
  • Forensische Erkenntnistheorie, Kotsoglou, K. 2015


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