Judging the educators: The forensic evaluation of academic judgment

Slapper, Gary (1997). Judging the educators: The forensic evaluation of academic judgment. Education and the Law, 9(1) pp. 5–12.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0953996970090101


There has recently been a significant spate of cases of educational institutions being sued by dissatisfied students. For decades there was an established arena of professional negligence litigation into which physicians and even lawyers were dragged as defendants (and sometimes ruined), but where, hitherto, teachers and lecturers have hardly ever been summoned. Increasingly, academic judgment is becoming a justiciable issue. Additionally, lawyers are being increasingly brought into the educational arena's domestic hearings. This article gives a critical analysis of the emerging litigational phenomenon.

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