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DMU professor addresses delegation of China's top judges

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A De Montfort University professor has been helping to explain the complexities of English law to a visiting delegation of judges from China.

Michael Hirst, Professor of Criminal Justice at Leicester De Montfort Law School, delivered a paper at the Great Britain China Centre, London to the six judges from the Supreme People’s Court of China (criminal division).

They are in the UK to learn about English policing, criminal trials and laws of evidence.

Prof Hirst’s paper addressed the issues of illegally obtained evidence and in particular, confession evidence obtained by oppression or violence. It was followed by a discussion, in which they were joined by Commander Simon Foy of the Metropolitan Poice.

Professor Hirst’s lecture came after a visit to Shanghai in January with Simon Foy and David Bate QC. During that visit, each gave a series of papers at seminars with academics, judges and prosecutors arranged by universities and the British Consultate-General.

Prof Hirst said: “The presentation to the judges of the Supreme Court built upon the experience of the Shanghai visit and there may be further events in 2014.”

Posted on Monday 9th December 2013

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