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Rosemary Cowan

"The Obstinate Jury: How Rape Myths and Misconceptions about Law affect Jury Decision-making in Rape Trials in Northern Ireland."

I shall script several versions of a mini-rape trial to be performed by actors in the School of Law's Moot Court in front of members of the public, who will participate in mock jury panels to reach verdicts on whether the defendant is innocent or guilty. I'll record and analyse their deliberations to see if they are influenced by false beliefs about rape which tend to blame victims and exonerate perpetrators, as well as how they interpret the law on consent and reasonable doubt.



Dr Yassin Brunger


Professor Therese Murphy