Still Working as a Spectator? Let’s Look at the World through “Forensic Psychology”!

On October 26, Lin Sike, Master of Civil and Commercial Law from East China University of Political Science and Law, Secretary-General of Wenzhou Arbitration Commission (China), President of Wenzhou Arbitration Court (China), was invited by the College of Liberal Arts of Wenzhou-Kean University to deliver a fascinating and thought-provoking lecture on “Forensic Psychology, Personal Growth, and Overview of Chinese and Western Judicial System.”.  The WKUer, under the guidance of Secretary-General Lin, approached this lecture on Forensic Psychology enthusiastically.

  • Uncertainty is the greatest certainty — Forensic Psychology and its application

Does Forensic Psychology study crime only? Secretary-General Lin started by clarifying the misunderstandings about Forensic Psychology. According to him, Forensic Psychology covers a wide range, including many aspects such as civil courts and legal consultations. The inclusion of Forensic Psychology in mainstream psychology is fairly new and often shrouded with misunderstandings. This has led to uncertainty in its research fields and career prospects. Even so, there are still infinite opportunities in these uncertain changes. Lin introduced WKUer to the promising future of Forensic Psychology as an emerging discipline by giving examples from the certainty of laws, the development of forensic psychology in China, and its career prospect.

  • God is rolling dice — Forensic psychology is a built-in pointer to personal growth

Forensic Psychology is important to an individual’s development. It helps us to see through a number of phenomena and helps us think in a new way. Lin said, “What happens in the world is like God rolling the dice. In a complex social environment, things that seem to be irregular actually have a pattern to follow.” He led WKUer to analyze the case of Chris Wu and Yundi Li, which aroused widespread concern in the society from different dimensions. In particular, Secretary-General Lin indicated that college students with both forensic and psychological knowledge should reflect on hot-spot issues with legal awareness and literacy instead of just being a spectator. Lin inspired the students to think critically about whether Death Penalty should be abolished or retained

  • Uneven polymorphism is the source of happiness — Differences in Chinese and Western Judicial systems

In addition, the discussion on the differences between Chinese and Western judicial systems was also the focus of his lecture. As Russell said, unevenness is the source of happiness in the world. The Chinese judicial system, which is based on facts and governed by law, emphasizes objective facts, while the American judicial system emphasizes protocols He shared examples of the “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree” concept, Miranda Warning, and The Trial of O.J. Simpson to show the procedural characteristics of the American judicial system. Through Secretary-General Lin’s lecture, WKUer gained a preliminary understanding of the arbitration system. At the end of the lecture, he invited students to participate in arbitration activities to enhance their perceptual cognition.

English | Wang Mengyi

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Picture | Wu Yuxi, Shen Xuzhou