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May 12th, 2020

From the vaults: A Right to Be Believed?

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Forum for Philosophy

May 12th, 2020

From the vaults: A Right to Be Believed?

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Louise Ellison/ Gloria Origgi/ Stephen Vullo

 


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Sexual offences have frequently gone unpunished because victims have not been believed. This stands in the way of justice and constitutes an additional wrong; according to one victim, not being believed by the police ‘was almost worse than the rape itself’. In light of this, many have called for a ‘right to be believed’. But how can this be reconciled with the principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty’? And when, if at all, do we have a right that someone should believe our testimony? In this discussion, a philosopher, a barrister, and a legal theorist debate these questions.

 

Speakers
Louise Ellison
Professor of Law, University of Leeds
Gloria Origgi
Researcher, Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS, Paris
Stephen Vullo QC
Criminal Barrister

Chair
Peter Dennis
Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, LSE & Fellow, Forum for Philosophy

 

Recorded on 16 May 2016 at the LSE

 

 

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