CAT finally arrived at the Zukunftskolleg

We welcome the Constructive Advanced Thinking (CAT) group of Anna Sagana, Gabriele Chlevickaite and Nikolaos Aletras

They will spend two weeks at the Zukunftskolleg to exchange within the group and with their local acedamic host, Cornelia Klocker (Postdoctoral Fellow / Dept. of Law), in order to advance their project. The group has won within the first CAT call for applications in 2019 and is hosted at ZiF (Bielefeld), IAS CEU (Budapest), Wissenschaftskolleg (Berlin) and at the Zukunftskolleg.

They already gave a digital presentation at the Zukunftskolleg in the framework of the Jour fixe on 26 January 2021 on their project "A psychological approach to international criminal justice. Improving decision-making in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court".

The project focuses on the International Criminal Court (ICC) that has recently been at the centre of fierce criticism about its ability to fulfil its role to investigate and prosecute the most heinous international crimes. The CAT group aims to help counter the criticisms by exploring an optimal decision-making model within the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP).

Anna Sagana, Assistant Professor in Legal and Criminological Psychology at Maastricht University (the Netherlands), works in the field of decision-making in relation to judicial decision and eyewitness identifications. She has published numerous articles on eyewitness identification and cognitive biases in legal domain in a range of legal psychology journals including Behavioural Science and the Law, Applied Cognitive Psychology, and Legal and Criminological Psychology. Recently Dr. Sagana edited a special issue on the “Psychology or Forensic Evidence” for the Zeitschrift fur Psychologie.
The University of Maastricht, that Anna Sagana is affiliated with, is closely linked with the University of Konstanz via the YERUN network, bringing together seventeen young research universities from different parts of Europe that have decided to collaborate in order to shape the European Higher Education and Research Area jointly. Talent development is one of the focus areas of the New YERUN Strategy 2021-2025 that has been published recently.

Gabriele Chlevickaite is a Criminologist and PhD candidate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the Netherlands). She has been working at the Investigations Division of the ICC OTP in the capacity of assistant analyst before she was awarded the NWO Research Talent grant and moved to Vrije Universiteit for her PhD. Her current work focuses on the credibility and reliability assessments of insider witnesses in international criminal courts and tribunals.

Nikolaos Aletras is a Lecturer in Natural Language Processing in the Computer Science Department of the University of Sheffield (UK), co-affiliated with the Machine Learning (ML) group. His research is in applying statistical methods for detecting and interpreting the underlying topics in large volumes of text data and develops text analysis methods to solve problems in other scientific areas such as social and legal science. Dr. Aletras has gained industrial experience working as a scientist at Amazon (Amazon Research Cambridge and Alexa) and he was a research associate at UCL, Department of Computer Science, Media Futures Group.

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Please have a look at our current call for CAT programmes here.