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Durham University

Policy, Professions and Communities Research Group

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Publication details for Professor Robin Williams

Williams, R & Johnson, P (2005). Inclusiveness, Effectiveness and Intrusiveness: Issues in the Developing Uses of DNA Profiling in Support of Criminal Investigations. Journal of Law Medicine and Ethics 33(3): 545-558.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

In the article, “Inclusiveness, Effectiveness and
Intrusiveness: Issues in the Developing Uses of
DNA Profiling in Support of Criminal Investigations,”
Professor Robin Williams and Research Fellow Paul
Johnson, of the University of Durham, U.K., provide
a rich perspective on the development of DNA
databank legislation governing England and Whales
and the police practices and policies implementing
it.Their article offers a case study based on the
innovative, controversial investigative practice of
“familial searching” of the U.K. forensic DNA databank.
Through this case study, the authors demonstrate
how increased inclusiveness can challenge
settled expectations of the appropriate use of DNA
in the forensic context.Vexing tensions between
effectiveness and intrusion into personal privacy
continue to evade resolution.Williams and Johnson
are noted observers and commentators whose
work casts an important light on the development
and operation of what is considered to be the
largest DNA databank in the world. Beyond the
U.K., they are currently engaged in a study of police
uses of DNA in the 25 states of the European
Union.