- Armin Alimardani
PhD Candidate, Casual Academic
LLB & LLM (Criminal Law and Criminal Justice), Iran
Armin commenced his Bachelor of Law in 2007 in Iran, but his passion for science and mathematics led him to study Information Technology (IT) in conjunction with his legal degree. When he became familiar with Criminology, Armin abandoned IT and dedicated his passion to research in Criminology and Criminal Law. In his Masters, he studied Criminal Law and Criminology. His Masters’ thesis was on the role of genes in criminal behavior and its legal implication, and published it as an introductory book titled, “Genetics and Crime”. He was elected as the author of the distinguished Persian book of the year in students’ section by Iranian Students Booking Agency (ISBA).
In 2015, he began his PhD in Law at UNSW, and in early 2016, he joined the Neurolaw project (neurolaw.edu.au) on analysing cases in the Australian courts that involved neuroscientific evidence, such as brain scan.
Armin is interested in public speaking and was the winner of the UNSW Law Faculty 3 Minute Thesis competition. He also participated in Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) Postgraduate Conference in 2015/16. Later that year, he won the Monash Criminology Postgraduate Prize in recognition of the most outstanding presentation, and was the honorable mention in 2016.
He is also passionate about advanced teaching approaches and have received certificates for Foundations of University Learning and Teaching Program (FULT) and Beginning To Teach (BTT) programs from UNSW. He has also delivered his teaching ideas at UNSW Learning and Teaching Forum, Towards 2025: Inspiring Learning.
Armin is elected as Student Representative for 2017 and consequently represents the Higher Degree Research candidates on the UNSW Law Research Committee and Faculty Board.
Areas of expertise
Although Armin’s PhD is focused on Neuroscience and Law, his interest is not limited to biology and criminal law as he is also passionate about the combination/intersection of other areas with law such as mathematics and computer sciences. He has instructed on “Neuroscience of Conflict Resolution” and “Biological roots of crime” as guest lecturer in UNSW.
Armin's areas of expertise include Neurolaw, Neurocriminology, Genetics and Law, Criminology, Science and Law, Law and Biology, Mathematics and Law, Criminal Responsibility.
Some scholars have claimed that brain imaging, a technique that has been used by neuroscientists, can detect impaired areas of the brain that might affect criminal behavior and consequently may mitigate or aggravate the sentence; however, owing to some uncertainties such as reliability of this evidence, using brain imaging evidence in courts can result in factual misrepresentations. In his research, by analysing criminal cases in New South Wales, Armin explores the problems and obstacles that may occur in courts when cases involve neuroscientific evidence with respect to the Australian justice system.
Dr. Marc De Leuuw; Dr. Allan McCay; Professor Gary Edmond.
Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Inc. (ANZSOC)