Dr Jason Chin

Senior Lecturer

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Biography

I study the many ways in which research informs the legal system, and particularly how that relationship can be improved. This includes making sure law relies on the most transparent and reliable psychology, forensic science, criminology, and empirical legal research. In law, this often applies to expert evidence and law reform.

I’m also interested in broader questions, like what metaresearch tells us about how to build knowledge in a credible and efficient way.

Along with my work at ANU, I am the the former (2020-21) President of the Association for Interdisciplinary Meta-research and Open Science (AIMOS), and the inaugural registered reports editor for Forensic Science International: Synergy.

I have a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of British Columbia where I was a Killam Scholar and a JD from the University of Toronto. I also graduated cum laude from the University of Virginia with a BA in Psychology and Economics.

Prior to returning to academia, I practiced litigation at a large international law firm and was called to the bar in both New York and Ontario. Whenever feasible, I try to offer pragmatic solutions and guidance to the challenges faced by practicing lawyers. My research has been featured in the New York Times and Sydney Morning Herald.

When I conduct empirical research, I attempt to do so with open and reproducible scientific methods.

Appointments

  • Association for Interdisciplinary Meta-research and Open Science (AIMOS)
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Vienna
  • Center for Open Science
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Toronto

Significant research publications

See CV or Google Scholar page.

Curriculum vitae

Research biography

I study evidence law, as well as reserach practices in forensic science, law, criminology, and psychology and law. 

Research projects & collaborations

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Grants

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Consultancies

None

Books & edited collections

None

Refereed journal articles

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Book chapters

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Conference papers & presentations

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Commissioned reports

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Government submissions

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Committees

External Organisations

  • Steering committee for Metaresearch Open Review (MetaROR), an open platform for scholarly publishing

Internal ANU Committees

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Case notes & book reviews

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Other

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PhD supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • Evidence law
  • Expert evidence
  • Law and psychology

SJD supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • Evidence law
  • Expert evidence
  • Law and psychology

MPhil supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • Evidence law
  • Expert evidence
  • Law and psychology

LLM Masters thesis supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • Evidence law
  • Expert evidence
  • Law and psychology

Honours thesis supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • Evidence law
  • Expert evidence
  • Law and psychology

Internship supervision

I am willing to supervise in the areas:

  • Evidence law
  • Expert evidence
  • Law and psychology

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2023 LAWS6230
Class #4132
Law Internship (Capstone)

Philosophy & approach

My approach to teaching – and my passion – is to help students surprise themselves, to find interests in topics they wouldn’t have expected and achieve at higher levels than they thought they would. 

Generally, this involves frequent assessments with timely feedback, relatable material, and strong mentorship. I work hard to ensure that students who discover an interest in a topic get a chance to follow through with that interest. I am extremely proud to say that I have co-authored articles in leading journals with five former students of mine.

Past courses

  • Evidence law
  • Psychology and law

How my works connects with public policy

Credible research is crucial to fair and efficient law and public policy. By studying and seeking to improve research practices and reporting, I seek to also improve law and policy. 

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