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MTGEW will have two plenary panels for Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Five specialists on various aspects of the same topic will participate in each of the panels as a round table, opening a discussion with all attendees at the end.


Panel 1

“Factual errors in evidential legal reasoning:identification and strategies of reduction”

Coordinated by Carmen Vázquez (Universidad de Girona, Spain)
Daniel Epps (Washington University, United States)
Luca Lupária Donati (Università degli studi Roma Tre, Italy)
Giulia Lasagni (Università degli studi di Bologna, Italy)
Samuel R. Gross (University of Michigan, United States)


Carmen Vázquez
Universidad de Girona, Spain

University of Girona, Spain.  Professor of philosophy of law at the University of Girona and researcher at the Chair of Legal Culture at the same university. She has conducted research stays at the Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas (UNAM), the University of Miami, Northwestern University and the University of Nottingham. She has participated in different research projects in Spain and in multiple academic events in Europe and Latin America. Her publications include “De la prueba científica a la prueba pericial” (2015), “Less probabilism and more about explanationism” (The International Journal of Evidence and Proof); “Técnica Legislativa del feminicidio y sus problemas probatorios” (DOXA, 2019); “La prueba pericial en la experiencia estadounidense. El caso Daubert” (Jueces para la democracia, 2016); “El perito de confianza de los jueces” (Analisi e Diritto, 2016); “La admisibilidad de las pruebas periciales y la racionalidad de las decisiones judiciales” (DOXA, 2015), amongst others. She has edited “Estándares de prueba y prueba científica” (2013) and co-edited “Debatiendo con Taruffo” (2016) “Del derecho al razonamiento probatorio” (Marcial Pons, 2020) and “El razonamiento probatorio en el proceso judicial. Un encuentro entre diferentes tradiciones” (Marcial Pons, in press). She is co-translator of “Verdad, error y proceso penal” (2013) by Larry Laudan and translator of “Perspectivas pragmatistas” (2020) by Susan Haack. She is a member of the “Quaestio Facti. International Journal on Evidential Legal Reasoning” editorial team.

Daniel Epps
Washington University, United States

Professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis, where his research and teaching revolve around criminal law and procedure and constitutional law. He has written two articles about errors in criminal justice, both of which appeared in the Harvard Law Review. “The Consequences of Error in Criminal Justice” analyzes the how the criminal justice system should balance the competing goals of preventing erroneous convictions and preventing erroneous acquittals. “Harmless Errors and Substantial Rights” explores the rules governing appellate review of constitutional procedural errors at criminal trials. His other legal scholarship has appeared or will appear in the Yale Law Journal, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the NYU Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review, and his writing for popular audiences has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vox, and The Atlantic. A nationally recognized expert on the Supreme Court, he is regularly quoted in the media. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Luca Lupária Donati
Università degli studi Roma Tre, Italy

Full Professor at Universtità degli Studi di Milano, Italy. He has a PhD from the University of Bologna. He is the author of more than one hundred and fifty scientific publications, both Italian and international, on the central issues of comparative law and criminal procedure (including: evidentiary law; artificial intelligence, miscarriage of justice, victims of crimes; fundamental rights of the accused; judicial cooperation between EU Member States). He has also published monographs on the confession of the accused, the European ne bis in idem, the use of technology in criminal investigations and the comparative criminal justice systems. He has recently been appointed, by the Italian Minister of Justice, a member of the Commission for the Reform of the Criminal Procedure. He is the coordinator of the Italian Criminal Procedure Code, published by the Giappichelli publishing house, and of collective volumes (some of them interna­tional), recently on anti-mafia legislation, scientific evidence, the protection of victims in criminal proceedings, Cybercrime, judicial error. Professor Lupária has been the coordinator of international projects financed by the European Commission, and coordinator of national units in different international projects. He is a member of the editorial board of Law, Probability and Risk journal and also of the editorial or executive committees of eminent Italian and international journals. He is Co-Director of the editorial series “Giustizia penale Europea”, “Scienze penalistiche e criminologia” and “Processo penale e politica criminale”; vice-director of “Sistema Penale” and of “Diritto penale contemporaneo-Rivista Trimestrale”. He has been a Visiting Professor at various universities in Eu­rope and America, teaching in Master’s and Doctoral courses, and lecturer at international conferences. He is Director of the Italy Innocence Project and President of the European Innocence Network.

Giulia Lasagni
Università degli studi di Bologna, Italy

Junior Assistant Professor in Criminal Procedure, University of Bologna. She has a Ph.D. in Criminal Procedure Law from the University of Bologna, was Post-doc Researcher at the University of Luxembourg and Visiting Researcher at the University of North Carolina. She has worked in the legal department of the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) of the European Central Bank and at the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). Her main research topics include: Procedural rights in criminal proceedings in Italy and in the case-law of the European Courts, the application of algorithmic and AI technologies to the criminal justice matter, new forms of digital investigations and surveillance, and banking and financial investigations. She is part of several European and international research projects (e.d. PARTFin, CROSSJUSTICE, DEVICES, EUBAR) and the author of the monograph Banking Supervision and Criminal Investigation. Comparing the EU and US Experiences (Springer/Giappichelli, 2019).

Samuel R. Gross
University of Michigan, United States

Thomas and Mabel Long Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Michigan in the United States. He is co-founder and Senior Editor of the National Registry of Exonerations. Professor Gross has published many works on false convictions and exonerations, eyewitness identification, capital punishment, evidence law, pre-trial settlement and the selection of cases for trial, and racial profiling. He has litigated test cases on jury selection in capital trials, racial discrimination in the use of the death penalty and the constitutionality of executing defendants in the face of a substantial known risk of innocence.


Panel 2

“Evidence at crossroads: blurring borders?”

Coordinated by Lorena Bachmaier Winter (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
Matthew Dyson (University of Oxford, Great Britain)
Máximo Langer (University of California, United States)
Geert Keil (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)
Ralf Poscher (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany)


Lorena Bachmaier Winter
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Full Professor at the Complutense University in Madrid, in criminal and civil procedure, and arbitration since 1996. In this capacity, she also teaches in the summer law school of Saint Louis University since 2004. She has written extensively in the area of her expertise, being the author or editor of 15 books and more than 150 scientific articles on fair trial rights, justice systems and procedure published in more than seven languages. Among the most recent ones there is the book on the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (2018), or the book on “Lawyer-client confidentiality in criminal proceedings” (2020). At present she is leading, among others, the international project on Admissibility of E-evidence of the European Law Institute. She is regular speaker in international conferences. She is a member of the most relevant international academic associations, as AIDP and the IACL, and member of the editorial board of numerous law reviews. She has been visiting professor or researcher in foreign institutes and universities as, for example, the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) or the Universities of Berkeley, Harvard and Stanford (USA). Her present research is focused on comparative criminal procedure, rule of law and judicial independence, human rights and procedure, and the EU process of legal harmonization. She also works regularly as an international legal expert for the Council of Europe and other international organizations in legal reforms in Eastern European countries and also in Central Asia and was appointed chair of the special committee on Transnational Organized Crime of the Council of Europe in 2013-2014.

Matthew Dyson
University of Oxford, Great Britain

Professor of Civil and Criminal Law at the University of Oxford. He is an associate member of 6KBW College Hill, one of the leading sets of barristers chambers in criminal law in London. He has held visiting positions at the Universities of Paris - Dauphine, Cape Town, Iowa, Göttingen, Sydney, Harvard and the Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Private Law, Hamburg. His published works focus on criminal law, tort law and the relationship between the two, particularly from a comparative legal history perspective, including the edited works Unravelling and Tort and Crime (CUP, 2014), Comparing Tort and Crime (CUP, 2015), Fifty Years of the Law Commissions (Hart, 2016, co-edited), The Limits of Criminal Law (Intersentia 2018, co-edited), Regulating Risk through Private Law (Intersentia 2018) and authoring Explaining Tort and Crime (CUP, forthcoming).

Máximo Langer
University of California, United States

David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Professor of Law at the School of Law of the University of California, Los Angeles, United States, where he teaches Criminal Law, Comparative Criminal Procedure and International and Transnational Criminal Law since 2003. He is also President of the American Society of Comparative Law. Besides teaching at UCLA, Professor Langer has taught at, among other institutions, the University Torcuato Di Tella School of Law in Argentina and Harvard Law School (where he was Louis D. Brandeis Visiting Professor of Law). Professor Langer is also the Director of the Transnational Program on Criminal Justice at UCLA School of Law and is a Member of the American Law Institute. He was also the Founding Faculty Director of the Criminal Justice Program at UCLA School of Law. He obtained his abogado degree at the University of Buenos Aires School of Law and his Doctor of Juridical Science degree at Harvard Law School. He has authored many publications on criminal law and criminal procedure and his work has been translated to and published in multiple languages and has received awards from several professional associations.

Geert Keil
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Professor of Philosophy at Humboldt-Universität Berlin and the president of the German Society for Analytical Philosophy (GAP). His main areas of research are the philosophy of action, epistemology, philosophy of language, metaphysics, and the philosophy of free will. His book publications include Handeln und Verursachen (2000), Fifty Years of Quine’s ‘Two Dogmas’ (2003), Willensfreiheit (2007), Quine (2011), Vagueness and Ontology (2013), Vagueness and Law (2016), Aristotle’s Anthropology (2019), and Wenn ich mich nicht irre (2019).

Ralf Poscher
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany

Managing director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law in Freiburg and honorary professor at the University of Freiburg. After being the managing director of the Centre for Security and Society at the University of Freiburg (2013-2018) Professor Poscher became dean of the University´s Faculty of Law (2018) before assuming his position at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law in Freiburg (2019). He has published numerous books and articles on German constitutional rights and German police law as well as legal theory and philosophy. In two of his latest articles he explores the function of the proportionality principle in fundamental rights law and the impact of AI-technologies on the understanding of the right to data protection (both available on SSRN).


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