VIC Chapter Symposium

VIC Chapter Symposium

Victorian Chapter Symposium: 10th May 2024 at 1245pm  Location: Neil McPhee Room, Victorian Bar, Owen Dixon Chambers East, Level 5, 205 William Street, Melbourne 

Title: Science and Medicine in the Courts: Learnings from the Wrongful Conviction of Kathleen Folbigg


12:30 Guest arrival and registration
13:00 Welcome, opening and symposium Chair (The Hon Justice John Champion. Supreme Court of Victoria & Chair, AAFS (Vic))
13:10 Griffith/Monash ARC Project on Wrongful Convictions (Dr Rachel Dioso-Villa. Griffith University)
13:20 Overview of R v Folbigg and its timeline (Assoc Prof Mehera San Roque. Faculty of Law and Justice, UNSW)
13:50 Murder, myths and motherhood: the missteps in the conviction of Kathleen Folbigg, and its aftermath (Prof Emma Cunliffe. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia) via Zoom
14:40 Inside the camp (Rhanee Rego. Kathleen Folbigg’s solicitor) via Zoom
15:00 Coffee break
15:15 The mishandling of science and medicine, and legal missteps:


1. Forensic pathology after Folbigg – R v Lang (Prof Gary Edmond. School of Law, UNSW)


2. Spare a thought for juries! (Prof Jeremy Gans. Law School, University of Melbourne)


16:00 The story of the genetics (Prof Carola Vinuesa FRS. FRS Royal Society Wolfson Fellow) via Zoom
16:30 The words that helped wrongly convict Kathleen Folbigg (Prof Kate Burridge, Monash University & Prof Stephen Cordner AM. Monash University)
17:00 R v Matthey – Victoria’s Folbigg case (John Coldrey KC)
17:20 Panel discussion (Mehera San Roque, Jeremy Gans, Gary Edmond, John Coldrey, Rhanee Rego, Tracy Chapman, Kate Burridge. Chair: Stephen Cordner)


POST SEMINAR DRINKS: (at own expense) will be held at The Essoign Club, Level 1, 205 William St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 

RSVP: Attendance at the Symposium is at no charge, but registration by 3rd May is required. Please register by clicking the link here. 

FURTHER INFORMATION: For further information Chapter Secretary, Anna Davey (