Questioning Canada's Confessions Rule: A Comparative Analysis of Interrogation Law, Practices and Protections
A large amount of literature exists that engages in doctrinal analysis of constitutional law issues related to interrogation practices and confession evidence. However, far less attention has been paid to the substantial and growing body of psycho-legal literature on the relationship between confessions and police interrogation, and how this literature has informed, or failed to inform, confessions doctrine in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. While a portion of my research involves doctrinal analysis of confessions law, the majority of it focuses on on the nexus between law and applied psychology, and, in particular on the epistemological gap between them with respect to what is known about interrogation and confessions. I am particularly interested in the extent to which we can reasonably expect scientific knowledge in this area to inform Canadian confessions doctrine in the future.