What is an Online CLP2021 Course about?

The Spring School on Crime, Law and Psychology (CLP2021 Online Course) is a 5-day digital learning experience designed for students of different backgrounds (psychology, legal studies, criminology and sociology), who are eager to discover the interrelatedness of crime, law and psychology. During this Online Course, students will get a 360-degree overview of the Spring School CLP2021 Program while getting acquainted with the international faculty of academics and their teaching methods as well as exchanging ideas with the students from all over the world and expanding the professional network.

What’s the aim of the Online CLP2021 Course?

It aims to provide students with advanced knowledge about the application of psychological approaches and research methods in the processes and practices of the criminal justice system. CLP2021 Online Course will mainly focus on eyewitness testimony, false and recovered memories, identification evidence and the legal process, wrongful convictions and false confessions. Each student will be engaged in interactive debates and workshops with academics, practitioners and fellow students.

Who can attend the course?

The CLP2021 Online Course is designed for undergraduate, graduate students, recent graduates and young professionals who wish to deepen and broaden their knowledge in such fields as Law, Psychology, Sociology and Criminology.

When the Online CLP2021 Course is scheduled?

The CLP2021 Online Course will be held from April 12th (Monday) to April 16th (Friday), 2021. The Final Schedule of the CLP2021 Online Course and access to the Online Learning platform will be provided to all registered and confirmed students via email.

How much time should I expect to spend working on Online Course each day?

You should expect spending from 2 to 4 hours per day working on the CLP2021 Online Course, Lectures, Live Sessions, Workshops included.

What’s the Online Course fee?

The program fee for EarlyBird applications: 200 EUR
The program fee for students who submit their applications after March 31st, 2021: 250 EUR

The individual deadlines for the receipt of payment will be stated in the official letter of acceptance. Payment plans can be arranged. The final deadline for receiving payments is April 5th, 2021.

However, being one of the most popular PSS programs School on Crime, Law and Psychology has been quite numerous in the last years. To keep the quality of the course high, the number of spots in the CLP2021 Online Course (Spring Session) is limited. Students should submit the registration form as soon as possible, as acceptance to the course will be made on a rolling basis.

What can I expect from this Online Course?

Due to flexibility, the PSS2021 Online Course provides many students to enjoy being involved in new learning experiences with the opportunity to connect from anywhere and at the same time not to be stressed or overscheduled. During this Online Course each participant will:

  • get acquainted with the PSS2021 Team and fellow students from all over the world;
  • get involved into discussions with academics from the UK and US Universities;
  • exchange ideas, questions, and knowledge working along with others in groups;
  • expand the professional network and develop beneficial partnerships;
  • be able to watch the course offline by getting exclusive access to the recorded modules;

How can I apply for the CLP2021 Online Course?

You can apply simply by filling in our usual Online Application Form HERE:
We will get in touch with every applicant individually regarding the status of the application.

What’s the Final Deadline for the Applications?

The Deadline for applications is April 5th, 2021. Please be aware that the last-minute applications won’t be considered due to organizational reasons.

Course Curriculum

This Online Course will fully introduce the scope of Spring School on Crime, Law and Psychology with a particular focus on diverse topics chosen by the leading lecturers. Here you can access the CLP2021 Program Syllabus HERE.


Unfortunately, as a non-profit organization, SCHOLA EMPIRICA is not able to provide students with financial aid. Nonetheless, we do encourage students to explore funding opportunities available through their home universities, non-governmental organizations and government sources. A good place to start the search is www.scholarshipportal.com.

Accepted students may ask for documents they need for their scholarship application(s).

CLP2021 Faculty

Josh Davis, Ph.D

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

Dr. Josh Davis is a Reader in Applied Psychology in the School of Human Sciences 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; jury decision making and methods used by expert witnesses to provide evidence of identification in court. His first co-edited book “Forensic Facial Identification: Theory and Practice of Identification from Eyewitnesses, Composites and CCTV” (Wiley Blackwell) was published in 2015, while his latest research on “super-recognizers”, has attracted international media interest including television appearances in over 30 countries. He has worked with police forces and business in four continents with the aim of optimally deploying officers possessing super-recognition ability. He has been awarded University of Greenwich: Outstanding Achievement in Enterprise Award Winner (November 2019); and University of Greenwich Student-Led Teaching Awards: Supervisor of the Year (May 2018).

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.

James W. Hill, M.Ed,

Lecturer in Psychotherapy WISP University of Warsaw

James Hill was a child protective services (CPS) social worker and family therapist in the states of Washington and New Mexico, USA. He worked in the crimes against children unit and worked closely with the courts and police for nearly 20 years. In the past 8 years he has been an assistant professor at MCI in Innsbruck, Austria teaching courses related to children and families and self-development. He also currently teaches a course in Forensic psychology at SWPS in Warsaw, Poland and has just started a position in the humanities department at South Bohemia University in Ceske Budejovice.

Dr Laura Farrugia

Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in Forensic Psychology, University of Sunderland

Laura is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Sunderland, UK. She obtained her BSc (Hons) Psychology from Teesside University in 2010 and completed her PhD (Goldsmiths, University of London) in 2018. Laura’s PhD investigated the police interviewing of mentally disordered suspects. Previously, Laura was a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. In addition to her Senior 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. Laura has previously been involved in delivering 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 and the role of the Appropriate Adult, 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 a Professor of Law and the Head of the Department of Criminal and Procedural Law at the Faculty of Law, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. In addition, he is 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 21 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.

CLP 2020/2021 Online Course Testimonials

‘Loved CLP2020! The management was so good and everything was arranged very well. All the professors were really helpful and helped us get a lot of insight into the topics, also answered all our questions to the best of their capacities. I really enjoyed being a part of the program virtually.’

‘Absolutely enjoyed the online CLP 2020. It was intense and highly informative. Being an online class it is difficult to have a social session of participants getting to interact with the lecturers, students and even the organisers’

‘Contents, discussions, and lecturers were amazing. The organization was amazing as well. Readings that you uploaded before summer school made us prepared what we were going to learn There was no interruption during the lectures and week. I can’t imagine how this summer school would be like if we were able to make it in Prague. Preparing a quiz was really helpful for me to refresh what we’ve learned during the lectures. More quizzes would be great too. It has been an exciting and busy week which was something we all needed. Thanks again!’

‘Although the online program cannot be on par with the live summer school, it has been organized really well! It is by far the best online module that I have attended. You have made the best use of whatever has been available and I personally do not see any need for improvement! Keep it up :)’

‘I have really enjoyed CLP2020, the course is done in a very good manner, so even a beginner can be actively involved. I appreciated the fact that there was a lot of interesting literature and videos to watch, it was very interesting and provided factual information about the topics that were treated. In such a particular situation like COVID-19, CPL2020 was a huge success! Thank you !’

‘I really enjoyed the week. The topics and lectures were interesting. The reading material wasn’t too much and was sent on time for us to finish everything before the course started.’

‘I really enjoyed the programme, especially the quality from the lecturers and the content of the course! Dr. Davis did well by asking the students questions as well and engaging all of us in a discussion about the criminal justice system and miscarriages of justice in our home countries. Overall, I only have positive gains from the course and I am very glad I have participated in it.’

Apply now! Applications are reviewed on rolling basis.