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Prof Carole McCartney


Department: Northumbria Law School

Dr Carole McCartney is a Professor in the School of Law, Northumbria University. Previously senior lecturer in criminal law and criminal justice at the University of Leeds, and Bond University, Queensland, Australia. Carole has written on Australian justice, Innocence Projects, miscarriages of justice, policing cooperation, and DNA, forensic science and criminal justice more widely. She established an Innocence Project at the University of Leeds in 2005, and was project manager for the Nuffield Council on Bioethics report ‘The Forensic Uses of Bio-information: Ethical Issues’ and the Nuffield Foundation project ‘The Future of Forensic Bioinformation. She completed an EU Marie Curie international research fellowship (2009-2012) on ‘Forensic Identification Frontiers’.  She continues to work on projects around forensic science and miscarriages of justice, biometrics, and science and justice. 

Campus Address

City Campus East, 345

Key Publications

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  • The Effectiveness of the UK National DNA Database, Amankwaa, A., McCartney, C. 2019, In: Forensic Science International: Synergy
  • The UK National DNA Database: Implementation of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, Amankwaa, A., McCartney, C. 1 Mar 2018, In: Forensic Science International
  • Comment: R. (Monica) v DPP (Boyling, interested party) [2018] EWHC 3508 (Admin), Wortley, N., McCartney, C. 30 Jan 2019, In: Criminal Law Week
  • Counter-Terrorism, Constitutionalism and Miscarriages of Justice: A Festschrift for Professor Clive Walker, Lennon, G., King, C., McCartney, C. 1 Nov 2018
  • The Forensic Science Paradox, McCartney, C. 1 Nov 2018, Counter-Terrorism, Constitutionalism and Miscarriages of Justice, Hart
  • Under the Covers: Covert Policing and Intimate Relationships, McCartney, C., Wortley, N. 1 Feb 2018, In: Criminal Law Review
  • ‘All we need to know’? Questioning transnational scientific evidence, McCartney, C., Graham, R. 30 Nov 2018, Forensic Science Evidence and Expert Witness Testimony, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar
  • The UK forensic science regulator: A model for forensic science regulation?, McCartney, C., Nsiah Amoako, E. 2018, In: Georgia State University Law Review
  • Trust and the International Exchange of Forensic Information, McCartney, C. 26 Jan 2017, Trust in International Police and Justice Cooperation, Hart
  • Trust in International Police and Justice Cooperation, Mccartney, C., Hufnagel, S. 26 Jan 2017

Professional Activity

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  • Other: Written expert statement on new technologies and the application of law to the House of Lords Justice and Home Affairs Committee. 2021
  • Other: Written expert statement on possible issues arising from emerging technological developments in policing to the Independent Advisory Group on Emerging Technologies in Policing to Scottish Government 2021

PGR Supervision

  • Rebecca Walter The Legalities, Practicalities, and Ethical Considerations of a Universal DNA Database Start Date: 01/10/2021
  • Emmanuel Nsiah Amoako The Regulation of Forensic Science in England and Wales Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 24/03/2021
  • Poloko Hiri The inappropriate ways through which forensic expert witnesses invite jurors to cede their decision-making authority in criminal jury trials, and the role that lawyers and judges play in encouraging or discouraging this. Start Date: 17/05/2021 End Date: 17/05/2021
  • Judith Amankwa Addo Young People and Criminal Appeals in England and Wales: A Mixed Methods Study Start Date: 18/01/2021
  • Aaron Amankwaa Forensic DNA databasing: Retention Regimes and Efficacy Start Date: 01/10/2016 End Date: 02/12/2019
  • Carole Burrell Does patient care improve when mental health professionals practice at the 'top of their licence'? (draft title) Start Date: 05/03/2019
  • Karen Squibb-Williams Start Date: 01/10/2015


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