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Biography

Marika has worked as a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK, since 2009.  Marika has dual qualifications in humanities and law up to Master level, and is currently undertaking PhD research on the admissibility of scientific evidence in England and Wales. Prior to her career in academia she worked in the forensic field for a number of years, focusing primarily on human identification and forensic search and recovery. Marika has carried out work in her native Sweden, as a consultant for the Criminal Investigations Department of the National Criminal Police, and internationally, for example at the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Odense, Denmark, and for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), stationed in Kosovo. She also worked as a volunteer at the California Innocence Project in San Diego, where she used her forensic knowledge to contribute to investigations of innocence cases.

Marika has co-directed the University of Portsmouth’s Innocence Project with Dr Damian Carney since 2009. The project is run jointly by the ICJS and the Law School. From January 2015 the project will become part of the newly established Criminal Justice Clinic, which consists of Marika as the Director, and a Board of Advisors. 

Research Interests

Marika is currently writing her PhD thesis on the admissibility of scientific evidence in England and Wales. Her research interests include:
•‘Junk science’ and the use and abuse of science in criminal investigations and at trials
•Forensic science in court
•Miscarriages of Justice
•Post-Conviction Rules
•Comparative criminal law, including post-conviction and appeal
•Clinical Legal Education
•International law and Human Rights

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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