International Round Table “Forensic and Expert Activity: the challenges of war”

At the initiative of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, organized by the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise and the National Scientific Center “Hon. prof. M.S. Bokarius Forensic Science Institute” on April 26, 2022, was held an international round table “Forensic and Expert Activity: the challenges of war”.  The event was held online.

The importance of the round table gathered an unprecedented number of international participants. Representatives from more than 25 countries: USA, Canada, Great Britain, Italy, Israel, Germany, the Netherlands, India, Spain, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Montenegro, Sweden, Slovakia, Poland, Belgium, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Moldova, Armenia, and other countries.

Detailed information on the program, participants, topics of reports, and video presentations can be found on the relevant page of this website.

Watch the video here.

The event was moderated by Nataliia Nestor, Deputy Director of the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise.

The participants of the meeting were addressed by:

  • Andrii Haichenko, Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine;
  • Ihor Kuzin, Deputy Minister of Health, Chief State Sanitary Doctor of Ukraine;
  • Nataliia Tkachenko, Director of the Department of Expert Support of Justice of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine;
  • Oleksandr Ruvin, Director of the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise;
  • Ihor Bohdaniuk, Deputy Director for Expert Work of the National Scientific Center “Hon. prof. M.S. Bokarius Forensic Science Institute”;
  • Tamara Lichman, Head of the SSU “Main Bureau of Forensic Medical Examination of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine”;
  • Yevhen Paniotov, Head of the Department of Organizational, Legal and Technical Support of the Department of International Police Cooperation of the National Police of Ukraine, Police Colonel;
  • Konstantyn Voroshylov, Head of the Kyiv Regional Bureau of Forensic Medical Examination; other representatives of the sphere of forensic expert institutions of Ukraine.

The reports of the representatives of international forensic institutions, who expressed their positions on specific assistance to forensic institutions of Ukraine, were quite significant and thorough. Dr. Stefan Becker, Member of the ENFSI Council, Head of Central analytics, material and micro traces Federal Criminal Police Office Wiesbaden, Germany, expressed his willingness to help; Dr. Bastish Ingo, Forensic Science Institute of the Federal Criminal Police Office/Bundeskriminalamt BKA, Head of DNA unit; Nicola Kim, First Secretary of the Embassy of Canada; Dariusz Zuba , Director of the Institute of Forensic Science in Krakow; Cydney Link-Melnyk, Project Coordinator, Canada’s Department of Justice in the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section Department of Justice/ Government of Canada; Silvia Pérez Pavia, Head of Operational Coordination Central Unit, the Superintendent, Spanish General Headquarter for Forensic Police; Doris Earhart , Senior International Forensic Advisor/Scientific Support Coordinator of the Institute of Forensic Science of the Netherlands; Denys Liashenko, Representative of the National Central Bureau of Interpol in the General Secretariat of the IOCP – Interpol, Lieutenant Colonel; Dr. Argam Hovsepyan, PhD, Director of National Bureau of Expertises, the Republic of Armenia, Tim Clatyon, B.Sc, Ph.D, MBE Senior Forensic Scientist Eurofins Forensic Services, Wakefield, UK; Roman Pertsev, Israel Police in the Central District, Ramla, Israel; Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Ivanovic, Director of the Forensic Center of Montenegro; Prof. Adarsh Kumar, Double Commonwealth Fellow, Scotland, UK, FIAMLE, FISCA, FIST, FIAFM Governing Council/Board Member- IALM, INPALMS, APMLA Honorary Medicolegal Expert-National Human Rights Commission & Central Bureau of Investigation Professor, Forensic Medicine & Toxicology & In-charge, Forensic Anthropology & Forensic Radiology, New Delhi, India and others.

The expert community has a very important mission. Marcus Tullius Cicero said that the greatest temptation to commit a crime is impunity, and we must do everything possible to prevent such temptations. Every crime must be recorded and analyzed. Every person involved must be identified, and justice must be a matter of time.

We look forward to further cooperation and believe that measures of this level will be the key to achieving further goals in establishing truth and justice. Glory to Ukraine! We are strong! We are free! We will win!

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