Coomaraswamy Professorial Lecture - Proof and Presumption of Criminal Elements

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From Thursday 20 Apr 2023 - 05:30 PM To Thursday 20 Apr 2023 - 07:00 PM


NUS LAW (Bukit Timah Campus), Wee Chong Jin Moot Court


National University of Singapore Faculty of Law

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If the prosecution fails to discharge the burden of proving the elements of the crime, the accused person is presumed innocent and acquitted. Sometimes, the prosecution may rely on a rule of presumption to make the accused person carry the burden of disproving a criminal element. This lecture explores the logical operation of the rule as a burden-shifting device, identifies a principal source of anxiety over its use and analyses the different modes of resisting the attempt to draw a presumption.

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