Scientific Coordination: Susana Costa (CES)
Coordination: Filipe Santos (CES), Carlos Ademar (School of Criminal Police)
Trainers: security force professionals, social scientists, police inspectors, forensic specialists, magistrates
Target audience: Students of all levels of university and professional education (preferably in: Criminology, Psychology, Law, Sociology, Social Service, Forensic Sciences, members of the security forces, medical emergency, journalists, among others) interested in acquiring skills in the themes to be developed in this Summer School.
The Summer School "From crime scene to court - forensic trajectories and cultures" joins themes whose apparent diversity only underscores their pertinence and timeliness in a common and comprehensive societal plan. As such, the programme is designed according to the daily needs of students and professionals, but above all, the acquisition of theoretical and critical tools related to crime and criminal justice.
The programme is divided into 4 predominantly explanatory modules with collective spaces for reflection and participation in practical activities.
The first module is fully dedicated to criminal investigation, with a special focus on the "golden hour", ie the immediate moment when a crime occurs and the intervention that is done by first responders, local police and criminal investigation police. The purpose of the second module is to frame and complement the other aspects and programmatic contents. With the help of laboratory experts, this module aims to raise awareness of the role of technologies and their application in aiding justice, as well as the impact of the transnational data sharing framework.
The third module looks at how the traces collected at the crime scene are analysed and interpreted by the courts. Adopting perspectives from the social studies of science, and taking several cases tried in Portuguese courts, it seeks to understand the dynamics of construction of police and judicial narratives, and the integration of DNA technologies in aiding justice.
The last module will present the results of a research project that sought to analyse the configuration of DNA technologies in the criminal justice system, in particular, judges' perceptions of DNA technologies. At the last moment of the course it is also important to reflect on the current and emerging challenges in criminal investigations.
At the end of this Summer School it is intended that the trainees can:
- To better understand the approach and actors at the scene of crime;
- Understand the trajectory of the criminal investigation to the court;
- To explore the implications of the different rationales associated with different actors that comprise justice: from the crime scene to the court;
- Reflect critically on the articulations between the different actors of the criminal justice system.
In addition to the explanatory component, this course intends to mark a differentiating character with several practical activities: crime scene simulation; viewing a documentary, visiting the museum of the School of Judicial Police and debates of multidisciplinary nature, providing encounters with different specialists.
At the end a certificate of attendance will be issued by CES Summer School
Duration: 18 hours
Organisers: Centre for Social Studies (Studies on Science, Economy and Society Research Group - NECES) and School of Judicial Police
This CES Summer School will be held with a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 35 participants.