So You Think You're Ethical? Ethics and Forensic Science



This webinar originally occured on Tuesday, October 10th, 2023 from 1pm - 2pm ET.


Ethics is defined by Miriam Webster as moral principles that govern a person's behavior or the conducting of an activity as well as the branch of knowledge that deals with moral principles. Ethics as it applies to Forensic Science is recognized as the rules of conduct in respect to the application of scientific principles and practices to the adversarial process where guilt or innocence is determined in court.

The main difference is that morals are more abstract, subjective, and often personal or religion-based, while ethics are more practical, conceived as shared principles promoting fairness in social and business interactions. This is the basis for understanding ethical decision-making, right from wrong, the legal from the non-legal and a host of other dilemmas encountered by forensic scientists. We will explore confirmation bias, laboratory data integrity, root causes of unethical behavior, ethics in the courtroom and various other ethical dilemmas that forensic scientists face in their challenging field.


Detailed Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will learn to recognize, understand, and articulate general ethical principles in forensic science.
  • Attendees will learn to analyze a real forensic issue in relationship to the specific forensic science topic of study or forensic discipline.
  • Attendees will gain confidence in identifying an ethical issue in a case and formulating strategies to resolve it.


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