Ms Mehera San Roque

Mehera San Roque joined the UNSW Faculty of Law in 2002, having previously taught at the University of Sydney.  Her research interests include Evidence, Feminist Legal Theory, Law and visual/popular culture and surveillance studies, and she has a particular interest in cross-disciplinary collaborations, including an ARC funded multidisciplinary and international project examining the participation of deaf citizens as jurors, working with linguists, NSW Legal Aid, interpreters and colleagues from Interpreting and Translation Studies. With colleagues in law, forensic science, psychology and medicine, she is involved in research on identification evidence and surveillance technologies aimed at improving the reliability and evaluation of evidence in criminal trials. She is a member of the Evidence-Based Forensics Initiative at UNSW and on the Council of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences.

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Book Chapters

San Roque M, 2017, 'Updating Beliefs: Rethinking the Regulation of Identification Evidence Under the UEL', in Critical Perspectives on the Uniform Evidence Law, Federation Press, Sydney

San Roque M, 2015, 'Identification Evidence', in The Trial Principles, Process and Evidence, pp. 604 - 661

San Roque M, 2014, 'Locating Consent in Similar- Fact Cases: Commentary on Phillips v R', in Douglas H; Hunter R; Luker T; Bartlett F (ed.), Australian Feminist Judgments: Righting and Re-writing Law, Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK, pp. 291 - 295, http://www.hartpub.co.uk/Search.aspx?Type=2&Text=Australian%20Feminist%20Judgments

Books

Hunter J; Metzger J; Henning T; Edmond G; McMahon R; San Roque M, 2015, The Trial: Principles, Process and Evidence, Federation Press, Sydney, https://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781760020262

Hunter JB; Steel Z; Pearson LM; Silove DM; San Roque M; Frommer N; Redman R, 2010, Tales of the Unexpected & Refugee Status Decision-Making: Managing and Understanding Psychological Issues Among Refugee Applicants, First, Faculty of Law and Psychiatry Research and Teaching Unit, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Conference Papers

Napier J; Russell D; Hale S; Spencer D; San Roque M, 2018, 'Evidence-based training for legal interpreters to work with deaf jurors', in Winston B; Monikowski C; Lee RG (eds.), Reaching New Heights in Interpreter Education: Mentoring,, 2018 Conference of Interpreter Trainers, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, pp. 256 - 275, presented at 2018 Conference of Interpreter Trainers, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, 31 October - 03 November 2018, https://www.cit-asl.org/new/past-conferences/proceedings/2018-proceedings/

San Roque M; Redman R; Frommer N, 2004, '`Narratives of trauma: credibility, expert evidence and the refugee determination process` Traumas of Law', in Traumas of Law, 2004 Conference of the Law and Literature Association of Australia, Traumas of Law, 2004 Conference of the Law and Literature Association of Australia, Giffith University, presented at Traumas of Law, 2004 Conference of the Law and Literature Association of Australia, Giffith University, 09 - 11 July 2004

Conference Presentations

Napier J; Hale SB; Spencer D; San Roque M, 2017, '"I had doubts about how it would work and then I was surprised at how well it did work"', presented at IAFL Porto 2017: 13th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists, Porto, Portugal, 10 - 14 July 2017, https://iaflporto2017.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/programme_vfinal.pdf

Hale SB; San Roque M, 2015, 'Deaf citizens as jurors: communicating via court interpreters', presented at IAFL 12th Biennial Conference on Forensic Linguistics, Guangdong, China, 06 - 09 July 2015

Journal articles

Napier J; Spencer D; Hale S; Roque MS; Shearim G; Russell D, 2018, 'Changing the international justice landscape: Perspectives on deaf citizenship and jury service', Sign Language Studies, vol. 19, pp. 240 - 266, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/sls.2018.0034

Edmond G; Martire K; San Roque M, 2017, 'EXPERT REPORTS AND THE FORENSIC SCIENCES', UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES LAW JOURNAL, vol. 40, pp. 590 - 637, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000416757300006&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Spencer D; San Roque M; Napier J; Hale S, 2017, 'Justice is blind as long as it isn’t deaf: excluding deaf people from jury duty–an Australian human rights breach', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 23, pp. 332 - 350, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323238X.2017.1392479

Hale S; Roque MS; Spencer D; Napier J, 2017, 'Deaf citizens as jurors in Australian courts: Participating via professional interpreters', International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law, vol. 24, pp. 151 - 176, http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/ijsll.32896

Edmond G; Found B; Martire K; Ballantyne K; Hamer D; Searston R; Thompson M; Cunliffe E; Kemp R; San Roque M; Tangen J; Dioso-Villa R; Ligertwood A; Hibbert D; White D; Ribeiro G; Porter G; Towler A; Roberts A, 2016, 'Model forensic science', Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, vol. 48, pp. 496 - 537, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00450618.2015.1128969

Stockdale M; Smith E; San Roque M, 2016, 'Bad Character Evidence in The Criminal Trial: the English Statutory/Common law Dichotomy--Anglo-Australian Perspectives', Journal of International and Comparative Law, vol. 3, pp. 441 - 471

Hunter J; Pearson L; San Roque M, 2014, 'Mental health expertise in refugee status decision-making: judging or caring?', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EVIDENCE & PROOF, vol. 18, pp. 310 - 339, http://dx.doi.org/10.1350/ijep.2014.18.4.462

Edmond G; Martire KA; Kemp RI; Hamer D; Hibbert B; Ligertwood A; Porter G; San Roque M; Searston R; Tangen J; Thompson M; White D, 2014, 'How to cross-examine forensic scientists: A guide for lawyers', Australian Bar Review, vol. 39, pp. 174 - 197, http://mbthompson.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Edmond-HowToCross-ExamineForensicScientists.pdf

Edmond G; San Roque M, 2014, 'Honeysett v The Queen: Forensic Science, ‘Specialised Knowledge’ and the Uniform Evidence Law', The Sydney Law Review, vol. 36, pp. 323 - 344, http://sydney.edu.au/law/slr/slr_36/slr36_2/SLRv36n2EdmondSanRoque.pdf

Edmond G; Hamer D; Ligertwood A; San Roque M, 2014, 'CHRISTIE, SECTION 137 AND FORENSIC SCIENCE EVIDENCE (AFTER DUPAS v THE QUEEN AND R v XY)', MONASH UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW, vol. 40, pp. 389 - 412, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000215107000005&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Smith GJ D; San Roque M; Westcott H; Marks P, 2013, 'Surveillance texts and textualism: Truthtelling and trustmaking in an uncertain world', Surveillance and Society, vol. 11, pp. 215 - 221

Edmond G; San Roque M, 2013, 'Justicia's Gaze: Surveillance, evidence and the criminal trial', Surveillance and Society, vol. 11, pp. 252 - 271

Tay K; Frommer N; Hunter J; Silove D; Pearson L; San Roque M; Redman R; Bryant RA; Manicavasagar V; Steel Z, 2013, 'A mixed-method study of expert psychological evidence submitted for a cohort of asylum seekers undergoing refugee status determination in australia', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 98, pp. 106 - 115, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.08.029

San Roque M, 2013, '‘A woman like you’: gender, uncertainty and expert opinion evidence in the contemporary criminal trial (Review Essay: Emma Cunliffe, Murder Medicine and Motherhood, Hart Publishing 2011)', feminists@law, vol. 3

Hunter JB; Pearson L; San Roque M; Steel Z, 2013, 'Asylum Adjudication, Mental Health and Credibility Evaluation', Federal Law Review, vol. 41, pp. 471 - 496, http://www.federallawreview.com.au/

Edmond G; Martire K; Roque MS, 2011, 'Unsound law: Issues with ('expert') voice comparison evidence', Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 35, pp. 52 - 112

Edmond G; Martire K; Roque MS, 2011, ''Mere guesswork': Cross-Lingual Voice Comparisons and the Jury', SYDNEY LAW REVIEW, vol. 33, pp. 395 - 425, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000213733300004&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Edmond G; Kemp R; Porter G; Hamer D; Burton M; Biber K; San Roque M, 2010, 'Atkins v The Emperor: the 'cautious' use of unreliable 'expert' opinion', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EVIDENCE & PROOF, vol. 14, pp. 146 - 166, http://dx.doi.org/10.1350/ijep.2010.14.2.349

Vines PE; San Roque M; Rumble E, 2010, 'Is "nervous shock" still a feminist issue? The duty of care and psychiatric injury in Australia', Tort Law Review, vol. 18, pp. 9 - 32, http://sites.thomsonreuters.com.au/journals/files/2010/10/j19_v018_TORTLREV_pt01_vines_sanroque_rumble.pdf

Edmond G; San Roque M, 2009, 'Quasi-justice: Ad hoc expertise and identification evidence', Criminal Law Journal, vol. 33, pp. 8 - 33

Redman R; San Roque M; Hunter JB; Hambley TW; Martin H, 2006, 'Three tales of asylum: trauma, credibility and expert evidence', Human Rights Defender, vol. 15, pp. 17 - 19

San Roque M; Bilber K, 2006, 'The trouble with pictures: law and visual culture', Law Text Culture, vol. 10, pp. 1 - 4

Biber K; San Roque M, 2005, 'The trouble with pictures', LAW TEXT CULTURE, vol. 10, pp. 1 - +, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000213359100001&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Brennan S; Healey DJ; Hunter JB; Johnson D; San Roque M; Wolff LT, 2005, 'Indigenous Legal Education at UNSW: A Work-In-Progress', Indigenous Law Bulletin, vol. 6, pp. 26 - 29

Other

Spencer D; San Roque M; Hale SB; Napier J, 2017, The High Court Considers Participation of Deaf People in Jury Duty, The Law Society of New South Wales

Tay AK; Frommer N; Hunter J; Silove D; Pearson L; San Roque M; Redman R; Bryant RA; Manicavasagar V; Steel Z, 2015, Corrigendum to "A mixed-method study of expert psychological evidence submitted for a cohort of asylum seekers undergoing refugee status determination in Australia" [Soc Sci Med 98 (2013) 106-115] DOI, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.05.030

Evidence, Surveillance Studies, Feminist Legal Theory, Law and Visual Culture, Acoustic Justice