Associate Professor Carrie Leonetti

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Associate Professor


Associate Professor Carrie Leonetti joined the academic staff in 2018 from the University of Oregon School of Law, where she was the Faculty Director of the Criminal Justice Initiative and an Affiliated Member of the Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy. She has also worked as a Visiting Professor at Faculty of Jurisprudence at the University of Milano-Bicocca and the Faculty of Criminalistics, Criminology, and Security Studies at the University of Sarajevo, where she was a Fulbright Scholar.

Professor Leonetti’s research agenda focuses primarily on comparative criminal procedure and miscarriages of justice in an international context. She is particularly interested in the role that culture and social psychology play in the definition, detection, and remedy of wrongful convictions. She also writes regularly in the area of high-tech surveillance and data privacy.

Professor Leonetti teaches undergraduate classes in criminal law, evidence, and forensic psychiatry and a post-graduate seminar about miscarriages of justice.

Research | Current

Areas of Research Focus

comparative criminal procedure

scientific evidence

miscarriages of justice

forensic science & DNA analysis

social psychology, motivated reasoning, and criminal justice

eyewitness identification

interrogations and confessions

privacy and searches and seizures

Selected Publications

Carrie Leonetti, The Wild, Wild West: the Right of the Unhoused to Privacy in Their Encampments, Amer. Crim. L. Rev. (forthcoming Spring 2019).

Carrie Leonetti, A New Solution to an Old Problem: Limited Use Immunity as a Better Alternative to Miranda’s Procedural Safeguards, 10 Fed. Courts L. Rev. 127 (2018).

Carrie Leonetti, A Hailstorm of Uncertainty: the Constitutional Quandary of Cell-Site Simulators, 85 U. Cincinnati L. Rev. 665 (2018).

Carrie Leonetti, Abracadabra, Hocus Pocus, Same Song, Different Chorus: The Newest Iteration of the "Science" of Lie Detection, 24 Richmond J. L. & Tech. 1 (2017).

Carrie Leonetti, De Facto Mandatory: A Quantitative Assessment of Reasonableness Review after Booker, 66 DePaul L. Rev. 51 (2017).

Carrie Leonetti, Motive & Suspicion: Florida v. Jardines and the Constitutional Right to Protection from Suspicionless Dragnet Investigations, 14 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 247 (2016) (peer reviewed).

Carrie Leonetti, Does A Rose by Any Other Name Really Smell As Sweet?  The Nature of the Exclusionary Rule: A Comparative Case Study, 54 U. Louisville L. Rev. 209 (2016), reprinted in Search & Seizure L. Report (March 2017).

Carrie Leonetti, Eye of the Beholder: the Wrongful Conviction of Charles Milles Manson, 45 Southwestern L. Rev. 101 (2016).

Carrie Leonetti, If a Tree Falls . . . High-Tech Bulk Surveillance, the Fourth Amendment Exclusionary Rule, and the Firewall Loophole, 13 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 211 (2015) (peer reviewed).

Carrie Leonetti, Bigfoot: Data Mining, the Digital Footprint, and the Constitutionalization of Inconvenience, 15 J. High Tech. L. 260 (2015).

Carrie Leonetti, The Monster That Nobody Wants: American-Backed Criminal-Procedure Reform in Bosnia, in Processus Criminalis Europeus (Aneta Petrova, ed.) (2015) (invited).

Carrie Leonetti, The Ugly Stepchild: the Asymmetry of American Aid for the Rule of Law and the Administration of Justice, in Controversies in Innocence Cases in America (Sarah Cooper, ed.) (2014) (invited).

Carrie Leonetti, Showing Up: Eyewitness-Identification Requirements in Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Comparative Case Study, 119 Penn St. L. Rev. 439 (2014).

Carrie Leonetti, When the Emperor Has No Clothes: A Proposal for Defensive Summary Judgment in Criminal Cases, 84 S. Cal.  L. Rev. 661 (2011).

Carrie Leonetti, Open Fields in the Inner City: Application of the Curtilage Doctrine to Urban and Suburban Areas, 15 Geo. Mason U. Civ. Rts. L.J. 297 (2005), reprinted in The Fourth Amendment: Searches and Seizures: Its Constitutional History and the Contemporary Debate (ed. Cynthia Lee) (2011).

Teaching | Current

Criminal Law


Psychiatry and the Law

Miscarriages of Justice


Visiting Associate Professor, Faculty of Jurisprudence, University of Milano-Bicocca, 2018

Outstanding Teaching Award, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program, Oregon Health Sciences University Department of Psychiatry, 2016-17

Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Fellow, University of Oregon School of Law, 2015-18

Resident Scholar, Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, University of Oregon, 2014-15

Fulbright Scholar, Faculty of Criminalistics, Criminology, and Security Studies, University of Sarajevo, 2011-12

Vorenberg Criminal Justice Fellow, Harvard Law School, 2003

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Editor in Chief, New Criminal Law Review

Reporter, Uniform Law Commission, Criminal Justice Reform Monitoring Committee

Member, American Society for Testing & Materials International, Committee on Forensic Sciences

Member, American Bar Association Criminal-Justice Standards Biological-Evidence Task Force

Advisory Board Member, Equal Justice Project

Member of the bars of California, Maryland, Oregon, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States Supreme Court

Contact details

Primary office location

17 EDEN CRESCENT - Bldg 803
Level 3, Room 310
New Zealand