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Cultural Expertise and Litigation: Patterns, Conflicts, Narratives

Edited by: Livia Holden

ISBN13: 9780415815260
Published: November 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
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Cultural Expertise and Litigation addresses the role of social scientists as a source of expert evidence, and is a product of their experiences and observations of cases involving litigants of South Asian origin. What is meant in court by "culture," "custom" and "law"? How are these concepts understood by witnesses, advocates, judges and litigants? How far are cross-cultural understandings facilitated - or obscured - in the process? What strategies are adopted? And which ones turn out to be successful in court? How is cultural understanding - and misunderstanding - produced in these circumstances? And how, moreover, do the decisions in these cases not only reflect, but impact, upon the law and the legal procedure?

Cultural Expertise and Litigation addresses these questions, as it elicits the patterns, conflicts and narratives that characterize the legal role of social scientists in a variety of de facto plural settings - including immigration and asylum law, family law, citizenship law and criminal law.

Contents:
Introduction, Livia Holden
Patterns:
1. South Asian Muslims and the Country expertise in the American Immigration Courts, Sylvia Vatuk
2: When South Asians marry trans-jurisdictionally: Some Reflections on Immigration Cases by and 'Expert', Prakash Shah
3: French Law Courts and South Asians Litigants ,Veronique Bouillier
Part 2: Conflicts:
4: Being On and Being In: Exposure and Influence of Academic Experts in Contemporary Denmark, Stig Toft Madsen
5: Witness Statements and Credibility Assessments in the British Asylum Courts, Anthony Good
6: Honour Killing? Or Just Plain Homicide?, Roger Ballard
Part 3: Narratives
7: Life and Law: Advocacy and Expert Witnessing in the UK, Werner Menski
8. The Case of S.: Elaborating the 'Right' Narrative to fit Normative/Political Expectations in Asylum Procedure in Italy, Tommaso Sbriccoli and Stefano Jacoviello
9: Expert Report Writing: Professional Commitments and Legal Outcomes, Livia Holden.