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Amelia joined the University of Winchester in January 2020. She currently teaches criminal law and criminal justice. Before joining Winchester, Amelia completed her PhD at Birmingham City University, where she was also a visiting lecturer. Her thesis is titled 100 Years of the National Research Council: A Critical Examination of Judicial References to Forensic Science NAS Reports and which assessed judicial decision-making in the US criminal justice system in cases where forensic science evidence is challenged. As part of her PhD research, Amelia undertook a residential scholarship at the Law Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

Amelia’s main research interests lie in the interaction between law and science, specifically in the way that legal actors understand and interpret scientific evidence. Within this, she has studied the cultural norms and conventions governing the treatment of evidence and courtroom actors. She is currently working on further research examining the interaction between legal professionals, juries and scientific evidence in the criminal justice system.

Areas of expertise

  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Evidence Law
  • US Criminal Procedure
  • Judicial Decision-Making
  • Intersection between Law and Science


Amelia Shooter & Sarah L. Cooper, 'A Template for Enhancing the Impact of the National Academy of Sciences' Reporting on Forensic Science' [2019] 8(3) BJALS 441

The unwavering strength of procedural regularity in US admissibility challenges to forensic science evidence, Northumbria Science and Justice Research Interest Group (December 2020)

Legal actors' engagement with challenges to forensic science evidence from the NAS: Informing advocates' scientific training, SLS Annual Conference, UCLAN (September 2019) 

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