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Prof Tim Wilson

Professor

Department: Northumbria Law School

Tim Wilson’s academic interests and funded research include the governance of forensic bioinformation, the role and organisation of forensic science and medicine, transnational offending, international criminal justice cooperation and institutions, criminal justice resource allocation and marketization within the criminal justice system.

The focus of these collaboratively conducted inquiries is how various interfaces between law, ethics, science and medicine, geography, economics and politics evolve as a result of (a) increasing globalisation within societies and (b) exposure to rapid technological development. More recently he has become involved in parliamentary, professional and academic deliberations about the consequences for criminal justice of Brexit.

Since joining the University Professor Wilson has worked with colleagues in developing a multidisciplinary programme of research (resulting in grant income of approximately 600,000) funded by the European Commission and various research councils, including ESRC. This has covered aspects of international criminal justice cooperation involving forensic biometrics and has now been extended to the policing of part of the Dark Web.

As well as being a frequent contributor at national and international academic conferences and meetings, Professor Wilson is committed to sharing insights from his research in public engagement. In January 2017 he was invited together with Francis FitzGibbon QC, Chair, Criminal Bar Association and Michael Gray, Chair, the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association to give oral evidence to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee’s inquiry on Implications of Brexit for the justice system (The Committee’s report can be accessed at https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmjust/750/750.pdf). Some of the issues discussed at the hearing had been covered earlier in a chapter about international forensic science cooperation commissioned for the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser’s 2015 Annual Report Forensic Science and Beyond: Authenticity, Provenance and Assurance: Evidence and Case Studies.

Professor Wilson joined the School of Law in September 2012 and is a member of Northumbria Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies (NCECJS).

Previously he was Professor of Forensic Sciences and Public Policy in the former School of Life Sciences of Northumbria University. He has also served as the lay chair of the Home Office sponsored Forensic Pathology Disciplinary Committee and for several years was a Visiting Fellow at the PEALS (Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences) research centre at Newcastle University.

Professor Wilson was made a Fellow of the Forensic Science Society (now the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences) in 2011. He is a member of the European Criminal Law Association (UK) and the Socio-Legal Studies Association.

Prior to his academic career Professor Wilson was a member of the Senior Civil Service. After graduating (with the Joseph Hamwee Prize) in history from Aberystwyth and joining the Civil Service Fast Stream he undertook a wide variety of policy work, mainly in the Home Office, relating to criminal justice issues, including resource management, criminal justice infrastructure development, and forensic science and pathology. His international experience included serving as an adviser on criminal justice infrastructure procurement in South Africa during the Mandela presidency and a secondment to the ILO (International labour Organisation) for an EU funded transition programme in Russia.

He has given oral evidence on several occasions to select committees at Westminster and has briefed parliamentary delegations from France, Russia, South Africa and Japan on criminal justice and public infrastructure issues. He has lectured on six continents at events organised by the FCO, DFID, the British Council, the African Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, universities, business schools, a Canadian think tank and commercial bodies such as Adam Smith Conferences.

Qualifications

History BA (Hons) September 01 1969

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Area of Freedom, Security and Justice and Forensic Science, Wilson, T., Carr, S. 4 Feb 2019, Brexit and Internal Security, UK, Palgrave
  • Not quite anyone's guess: Brexit, forensic science and legal medicine, Wilson, T. 1 Feb 2019, In: Journal of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine
  • Clarifying the ‘reliability’ continuum and testing its limits, Carr, S., Gallop, A., Piasecki, E., Tully, G., Wilson, T. Nov 2018, Forensic Science Evidence and Expert Witness Testimony, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar
  • Re-examining the ‘reliability’ of forensic pathology evidence, Wilson, T., Jackson, A., Gallop, A., Piasecki, E. Nov 2018, Forensic Science Evidence and Expert Witness Testimony, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar
  • 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
  • The implementation and practical application of the European Investigation Order in the United Kingdom, Wilson, T. 1 May 2018, Los avances del espacio de Libertad, Seguridad y Justicia de la UE en 2017, Spain, Kluwer
  • Written evidence from the NCECJS to the HoC Justice Committee: implications of Brexit for justice, Wilson, T., Stockdale, M., Jackson, A., Carr, S., Davies, G., Johnson, D., Piasecki, E. 29 Nov 2016
  • Criminal justice and global public goods: The Prüm Forensic Biometric Cooperation, Wilson, T. 7 Oct 2016, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • Opening the Scientific Experts Black Box: 'Critical Trust as a Reformative Principle in Criminal Evidence, Carr, S., Piasecki, E., Tully, G., Wilson, T. Oct 2016, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • 'Nauki sᶏdowe a system kontradyktoryjny w okresie neoliberalnego eksperymentowania i oszczędności’ (‘Forensic Science in an Adversarial System during a Period of Neo-Liberal Experimentation and Fiscal Austerity'), Wilson, T. 2015, Kryminalistyka - Jedność Nauki I Praktyki: przegląd zagadnień z zakresu zwalczania przestępczości (Criminology - the Unity of Science and Practice: a review of the scope of the fight against crime), Warsaw, Polskie Towarzystwo Kryminalistyczne


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