Program Outline

The curriculum will have a broad reach to encompass many different aspects of crime, law and psychology, giving insight to several different perspectives of the justice system. Forensic science will be one of the topics of further examination, as the growth of this field of study in recent decades marks a revolutionary change in crime detection and prosecution. Alongside this field of study, the Summer School classes will examine the factors that affect the accuracy of eyewitnesses’ attempts at identification and the viability that it may have. Equally important is the frequency of false confessions, this is why special attention will be given to this area and the psychology surrounding this practice. Many have speculated that this is contributed to by the tactics of police interviews, this is why the program will examine the dramatic, high- tension interchange between a small number of individuals (police, suspect, lawyers) and the accused, as this becomes a high stake transaction of information. When faced with poor success in finding reliable cues to deception, researchers’ attention is now being directed towards exploring how to interview more intelligently. Research into this has now given insight on how to recognize suspects lies easier, information that is pivotal to recognizing a false conviction. Students will utilize all the information provided to them and will participate in workshops that are geared to a specific case study, covering issues such as child abuse, domestic violence or rape survivors and more!

Recalling Witnessed Events

Despite their best efforts, eyewitnesses can provide the police with erroneous information. This session examines some of the factors which can impact the reliability of eyewitness memory. We will examine how alcohol and drug use can impact on eyewitness memory. We will also examine how interviewers can use interview techniques to enhance the reliability of eyewitness memory reports.


This topic aims to highlight what we know about terrorism. We will examine theories that aim to explain why people engage in terrorist actions. We will also discuss the process of radicalization and the factors which might make some people more susceptible.

Alibi Evidence

If you were accused of a crime, your first defense might be to explain where you were and who you were with at the time of the crime; this is your alibi. However, how believable is your alibi? In this session, we examine the factors that people consider when evaluating an alibi. We will also examine how easy it is for an innocent person to provide a believable alibi.

Bias in Forensic Science

While forensic science has had a huge impact on our ability to identify perpetrators of crime, there are psychological factors that undermine the reliability of this evidence. In this session, we will examine how bias can impact decision making in forensic science laboratories.

Schedule (Preliminary)

FRIDAY 1st July

12.00 – 18.00 Registration

19.00 – 19.30 Orientation / Ice Breaking Session /Egle Havrdova/

20.00 Welcome Dinner /Restaurant “Klempirna”, Záhřebská 19/



9.00 – 9.30 Introduction to Summer School Program

9.30 – 10.45 Lecture 1

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.15 Lecture 2

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch/Restaurant “Klempirna”/

15.00 – 18.00 Tours of Prague


SUNDAY 3rd July

9.30 – 10.45 Lecture 3

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.15 Lecture 4

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch/Restaurant “Klempirna”/

14.00 – 15.15 Lecture 5

15.15 – 15.30 Coffee Break

15.30 – 16.45 Lecture 6

18.00 – 20.00 Happy Hour & Happy Hour Talk. /Pragovka. Multi Art & Culture District, Kolbenova 34A/


MONDAY 4th July

09.30 – 10.45 Lecture 7

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.15 Lecture 8

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch/Restaurant “Klempirna”/

14.00 – 15.15 Workshop 1

15.15 – 15.30 Coffee Break

15.30 – 16.45 Workshop 2

17.00 – 18.30 Guest Lecture


TUESDAY 5th July

Free Day!!! Pragulic/ Trip to Kutna Hora or Karlštejn/ Exhibition/ Zoo/

19.00 Culture Night in Prague on the roof of the DOX+ multifunction hall/

Evergreen Open Air Cinema



09.30 – 10.45 Lecture 9

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.15 Lecture 10

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch/Restaurant “Klempirna”/

14.00 – 15.15 Workshop 3

15.15 – 15.30 Coffee Break

15.30 – 16.45 Workshop 4

21.00 – 23.00 Boat Tour



10.00 – 11.15 Lecture 11

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.45 Workshop 5

12.45 Free Time

17.30 Departure for Gröbeho vila

18.00 Final Remarks & FAREWELL PARTY/Gröbeho vila, Havlíčkovy sady,

Praha 2/


FRIDAY 8th July



Julie Gawrylowicz, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer at London South Bank University

Dr. Julie Gawrylowicz is a Senior Lecturer at London South Bank University, where she started in April 2014 as Lecturer. From 2011 – 2014, she was a Teaching Associate and Postdoctoral Researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London. She received her PhD in Applied Cognitive Psychology from the University of Abertay in Dundee in 2010. Julie did her MSc and BSc at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. Julie’s research interests lie in the area of cognitive and social psychology, both theoretical and applied, encompassing research on memory, face recognition, and metacognition with a focus on forensic applications. She is particularly interested in the performance and experience of vulnerable groups within the Criminal Justice System, including individuals with learning disabilities, older adults, and children. She recently started a new line of research examining the impact of alcohol on eyewitness memory performance.

Brad Weinreb

Superior Court Judge, County of San Diego

The Honorable Judge Brad A. Weinreb is a California Superior Court Judge.  He previously presided over criminal trials and now is in a family law department, which includes domestic violence restraining order hearing.  Before he became a judicial officer, he spent almost 25 years as a prosecutor in the California Attorney General’s Office, where he served as a State Coordinator for victim advocacy and the civil commitment of sexually violent predators and was lead counsel on serious and violent felony prosecutions, including  death penalty litigation. He has authored numerous articles on crime victim rights and trained both prosecution and law enforcement agencies.  In 2010, he was selected as one of the Top 100 attorneys in California and as one of the Top 10 Criminal Lawyers in his hometown of San Diego, California.

Josh Davis, Ph.D.

Reader for Psychology in the Department of Psychology, University of Greenwich

Dr. Josh Davis is a Reader for Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Greenwich. His PhD was on ‘Forensic Identification of Unfamiliar Faces in CCTV Images’ (2007) and he has published research on human face recognition and eyewitness identification; reliability of facial composite systems (e.g. E-FIT, EFIT-V); and methods used by expert witnesses to provide evidence of identification in court. Josh has presented his research worldwide, with latest research on “super-recognizers”, attracting international media interest including television appearances on the BBC, ITV and other worldwide stations. He works closely with London’s Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) as part of the European Commission funded LASIE (2014) consortium, with the primary aim of ensuring that police forces can identify and optimally deploy officers possessing super-recognition ability. He has also acted as a consultant to other police forces and for business (e.g. Yoti) on identification verification issues. In 2012, he was awarded a University of Greenwich Early Career Research Excellence Award, as well as a University of Greenwich Early Career Research Communicator Award (runner-up). In 2016, he was shortlisted for a Students’ Union: University of Greenwich Student-Led ‘Extra Mile’ Teaching Award.

Kimberly Wade, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Warwick

Dr. Wade received her PhD from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She is an author and co-author of several publications presenting the outcomes of her research on reproduction and verification of false memories. Dr. Wade has received international grants to support her research from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, the New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women and the American Psychological Society. Her research interests include psychology, memory and law. More specifically, Dr. Wade is interested in how and why people can come to remember childhood events that never occurred. Her PhD research investigated the role of photographic evidence in the creation of false childhood memories, and the theoretical and practical implications for legal and clinical settings. More recently Dr. Wade has focused on how people verify memories. That is, how do people determine whether a memory is real or fictitious?

Robert Cramer, Ph.D.

an Associate Professor of Community Health, Old Dominion University (USA)

Dr. Cramer completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Psychology-Law at the University of Alabama (USA). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the clinical-forensic program at Sam Houston State University (Texas, USA). His research integrates personality and social psychological approaches to understanding three areas of expertise: LGBT issues/hate crime victimization, suicide risk models, and trial consulting. Dr. Cramer has published extensively in these areas in outlets including Law and Human Behavior, Psychology, Public Policy and Law, and Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior. He previously received funding from the National Science Foundation, American Psychological Foundation, and American Association of Forensic Psychology. Beginning in 2015, he will also serve as co-editor for the Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research. Dr. Cramer provides workshops and trainings to professional and lay audiences on trial consulting, LGBT issues, and suicide risk assessment, among other topics.

Andrew Clark, PhD.,

Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, University of Bedfordshire

Andrew Clark is a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire, UK. He obtained his PhD in Legal Psychology from the University of Portsmouth, UK and Maastricht University, The Netherlands, focusing on his research on examining the consequence of withdrawing belief about the occurrence of past events. Andrew has extensive teaching experience in Psychology & Criminal Behavior, Psychology & Criminal Justice, as well as Legal Psychology. His research interests focus on memory, with specific interests in eyewitness testimony and false memories. He has presented his work at several international conferences and authored articles appearing in prominent psychology journals.

Andrew James Roberts,

Associate Professor, Melbourne Law School

Andrew Roberts joined Melbourne Law School in 2011. He was previously an Assistant, and later, Associate Professor in the School of Law at the University of Warwick (2005-2011), and before that, a lecturer in the Law School at the University of Leeds (2003-2005). His research interests lie in criminal procedure and evidence, privacy, and constitutional and political theory. He is a co-author of ‘Identification: Investigation, Trial and Scientific Evidence’, the second edition of which was published in 2011. He has published widely on issues relating to eyewitness identification evidence and on expert evidence. His work has been cited by courts in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. His current research uses republican political theory as a framework for thinking about privacy issues that arise at various stages of the criminal process. Andrew has been a Visiting Senior Fellow in the School of Law at the University of New South Wales (2009), and visiting scholar in the Law School at City University London (2013), and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam (2013). He is an external member of the Amsterdam Platform for Privacy Research (APPR) at the University of Amsterdam, and an Associate of the Centre for Media and Communications Law at Melbourne Law School.

Laura Farrugia

Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, University of Sunderland

Laura is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sunderland, UK. She obtained her BSc (Hons) Psychology from Teesside University in 2010 and she is in the final stages of her PhD (Goldsmiths, University of London) which is investigating the police interviewing of mentally disordered suspects. Previously, Laura was a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. In addition to her Lecturer role, Laura currently practices as a Registered Intermediary (accredited with the Ministry of Justice, UK) and regularly works with the police in assisting with vulnerable victims and witnesses during the criminal justice process. She delivers training to members of the Judicial College in the UK and to the International Criminal Courts regarding effective communication with vulnerable groups. Laura’s research interests and published work includes vulnerability within the criminal justice system, particularly that of mentally disordered suspects, as well as police perceptions of working with this vulnerable suspect and current investigative interview practices, including the effective evaluations of police interviews; Laura is one of the founding developers of the Forensic Interview TraceÓ (a piece of software developed to record police interviews and assist in the assessment of the quality of such interviews).

Deon Erasmus

Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

Deon Erasmus is an associate professor of law in the department of Criminal and Procedural Law at the Faculty of Law, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He is the former head of the department and currently the program-coordinator of an LLM coursework degree in Criminal Justice.
Prof Erasmus obtained both the degrees Baccalaureus Juris and Baccalaureus Legum cum laude from the University of Port Elizabeth. In 1999 he was awarded the degree Doctor Legum on the acceptance of his thesis Simplification of the South African Criminal Trial Process: A Psycholinguistic Approach. Before joining academia he worked for the Justice Department as a public prosecutor and later as a state advocate in the High Court. Apart from teaching, he also practices part-time as an attorney of the High Court and mainly defends indigent accused persons in the High Court.
Prof Erasmus delivered 28 papers at national and international conferences and published 19 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His current research areas include the protection of vulnerable groups within the criminal justice system and anti-corruption strategies. He is actively involved in training programs in the local government focusing on anti-corruption and ethics management.

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