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Emma Piasecki

Associate Professor

Department: Northumbria Law School

Emma was called to the Bar in 2001 by the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn and practised as a barrister at New Park Court Chambers in Newcastle until 2014. Specialising in Criminal Law, Emma prosecuted and defended a broad range of cases, including very serious cases, in the Crown Court and Youth Court. She remains an Academic Member of New Park Court Chambers. Emma is currently an Associate Professor of Law and her research focuses on expert evidence in the criminal justice system, with a particular emphasis on the communication of such evidence. Emma has published widely in this area in both legal and scientific peer reviewed articles, book chapters and case notes. Her most recent article, published in Forensic Science International, proposes a framework to assist both lawyers and scientists in the assessment of reliability. 

Following long-standing roles as Director of Learning and Teaching with responsibility for Postgraduate Professional Programmes and Director of the Bar Programmes (which included the design and BSB validation of the new Northumbria Bar Course), Emma retains an interest in the training of legal professionals, particularly the Bar. 

Emma has been involved in inter-disciplinary research applications generating funding of over £350,000 in the area of criminal justice co-operation within the EU. 

Emma is a Case Note Editor for the Journal of Criminal Law.  Emma is also a Committee Member of the Society of Legal Scholars representing Northumbria University and an External Examiner appointed by the Bar Standards Board.  

Emma is also involved in International Development on behalf of the Law School with responsibility for assisting in overseas partner management and development. Emma has particular responsibility currently for Malaysia, Thailand and Mauritius.

Emma Piasecki

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School of Law
City Campus East

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Digital Forensics within the Criminal Justice System: Use, Effectiveness, and Impact, Griffiths, C., Piasecki, E., Carr, S., Anderson, P., Wilson, T. 15 Mar 2024
  • Demonstrating reliability through transparency: a scientific validity framework to assist scientists and lawyers in criminal proceedings, Carr, S., Piasecki, E., Gallop, A. 1 Mar 2020
  • Clarifying the ‘reliability’ continuum and testing its limits: biometric (fingerprint and DNA) expert evidence, Carr, S., Gallop, A., Piasecki, E., Tully, G., Wilson, T. 30 Nov 2018, Forensic Science Evidence and Expert Witness Testimony, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar
  • Demonstrating Reliability and Directing Scrutiny: a framework to assist scientists and lawyers, Piasecki, E., Carr, S., Tully, G., Gallop, A. 30 Aug 2018, 8th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference
  • Duties of the Expert Witness: R v Pabon [2018] EWCA Crim 420, Carr, S., Piasecki, E. 1 Apr 2018, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • Northumbria University Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies (NCECJS) – Written evidence (FRS0038), Wilson, T., Stockdale, M., Jackson, A., Carr, S., Davies, G., Piasecki, E. 14 Sep 2018
  • Re-examining the ‘reliability’ of forensic pathology evidence, Wilson, T., Jackson, A., Gallop, A., Piasecki, E. 30 Nov 2018, Forensic Science Evidence and Expert Witness Testimony, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar
  • Science and Justice Research Interest Group (RIG), Northumbria University - written evidence to the Science and Technology Committee (Lords) inquiry on forensic science (FRS0051), McCartney, C., Evison, M., Ward, T., Wortley, N., Piasecki, E., Nsiah Amoako, E., Amankwaa, A., Jackson, A. 14 Sep 2018
  • Science Friction: Streamlined Forensic Reporting, Reliability and Justice, Edmond, G., Carr, S., Piasecki, E. 1 Dec 2018, In: Oxford Journal of Legal Studies
  • Brexit and the Law School, Noto La Diega, G., Carr, S., Davies, G., Dunn, R., Jackson, A., Piasecki, E. 10 Jul 2017, Brexit and the Law School

Susan Carney-Gannon A qualitative review of attitudes and practices pertinent to Streamlined Forensic Reporting in the context of admissibility in a criminal trial, with a view to developing intelligible approaches to reporting forensic science findings Start Date: 17/04/2024

  • Academic Studies in Education MA July 08 2016
  • Teaching & Learning PCAPL October 05 2006
  • Law LLB September 01 2005
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2005

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