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Professor Gary Edmond

BA(Hons)(Medal) Wollongong, LLB(Hons) Sydney, PhD Cambridge

Professor of Law / Research Professor

Research Group/Centre: Law


Gary Edmond is a law professor in the School of Law at Northumbria and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Law at the University of New South Wales where he directs the Program in Expertise, Evidence and Law. Originally trained in the history and philosophy of science, he subsequently studied law at the University of Sydney and received a PhD in law from the University of Cambridge.

He is an active commentator on expert evidence and the forensic sciences in Australia, England, the US and Canada, a reviewer for the National Science Foundation (US), the SSHRC (Canada) and ESRC (England), a member of the Council of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences, a member of Standards Australia’s forensic science committee, and served as an adviser to the Goudge Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario (2007-2008). With Andrew Ligertwood he is co-author of Australian Evidence: A principled approach to the common law and the uniform acts (5th ed. LexisNexis, 2010).

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Expert evidence, forensic science, law and science, images as evidence

Current/Recent Projects

2012-2015       ARC LP: Forensic reasoning and uncertainty                A$430 000

(Partners: Australian Federal Police; Queensland Police Service; National Institute of Forensic Sciences; New South Wales Police, Victoria Police)

                        Chief Investigator with Dr Jason Tangen et al. (UQ)

2010-2013       ARC LP: Forensic Voice Comparison                             A$250 000

(Partners: School of Language, ANU; Engineering, UNSW; Australian Federal Police; Queensland Police Service; Victoria Police; Western Australian Police; National Institute of Forensic Science; Guardia Civil, Departamento de Ingeniería (Spain).)

                        Chief Investigator with Dr Geoffrey Morrison (UNSW)     


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Key Publications

Gary Edmond, Matt Thompson and Jason Tangen, ‘A guide to interpreting forensic testimony: Scientific approaches to fingerprint evidence’ (2013) 12 Law, Probability & Risk.

Gary Edmond and Mehera San Roque, ‘The Cool Crucible: Forensic Science and the Frailty of the Criminal Trial’ (2012) 24 Current Issues in Criminal Justice 51-68.

Gary Edmond, ‘Is reliability sufficient? The Law Commission and expert evidence in international and interdisciplinary perspective (Part 1)’ (2012) 16 International Journal of Evidence & Proof 30–65.

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