On December 16, 2022, the IV international scientific and practical conference “Current Issues of Forensic Expertology, Criminalistics and Criminal Procedure” was held. The Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise organized the event online. This year, the conference was held under unprecedented conditions, when Ukraine is undergoing a large-scale invasion by the russian federation and massive missile attacks on our country. Despite more than 60 rockets fired by the occupiers into the sky of Ukraine, the event still took place, because Ukraine and Ukrainians are invincible.
The participants of the conference were representatives of all branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial. Distinguished representatives of various scientific and expert institutions and international institutions were also present.
Almost 300 participants from more than 20 countries of the world participated in the conference: the USA, Spain, Lithuania, Latvia, Greece, Poland, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Germany, Switzerland, Georgia, Turkey, and Czech Republic, Brazil, Finland, France and other countries of the world.
Detailed information about the program, participants, and topics of reports and videos of performances can be viewed on the corresponding page of the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise website.
Nataliia Nestor, deputy director of the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise, moderated the event.
The conference was opened with welcoming words:
- Andrii Haichenko, Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine for Executive Service;
- Oleksii Dniprov, Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine;
- Nataliia Tkachenko, Director of the Expert Justice Support Department of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine;
- Oleksandr Ruvin, Director of the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise;
- Volodymyr Chernei, Rector of the National Academy of Internal Affairs;
- Serhiy Krymchuk, Director of the State Scientific Research Forensic Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine;
- Yurii Chechil, Director of the Ukrainian Scientific and Research Institute of Special Equipment and Forensic Expertise;
- Serhii Tiulieniev, Director of the Scientific Research Center for Forensic Examination on Intellectual Property of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine;
- Dmytro Kishko, Director of the Odesa Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine;
- Erkki Sippola, Director of the National Bureau of Investigation Forensic Laboratory Finland;
- Dariusz Zuba, Director Institute of Forensic Research in Poland;
- Giedrius Mozuraitis, Director of the Forensic Science Centre of Lithuania;
- Oleksandr Sylkin, Head of the Main Forensic Center of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine;
- Robert F. Clifford, Law Enforcement Program Director of the USA Department of Justice ICITAP Ukraine Mission Advisor;
- Pete Ausili, Chair of the International Affairs Committee (IAC) of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS);
- Olga Kataraga, Director of the National Center for Forensic Expertise of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Moldova;
- Giorgi Murvanidze, Deputy Head of the Levan Samkharauli National Forensic Bureau of Georgia;
- Ivan Jovanović, Human Rights and Rule of Law Advisor United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine, and other honored guests.
Representatives of leading forensic experts, scientific institutions, educational institutions, and state authorities made presentations. In total, 125 reports were submitted to the conference, which covered almost all aspects of forensics, criminology, and the criminal process.
Dr. Laura Liptai (USA), co-founder of the Global Collaboration of Forensic Scientists with the topic of the report “The Global Collaboration of Forensic Scientists resources available”, presented regarding the international cooperation of scientific and expert institutions and compliance with research quality standards, the report.
A representative of Interpol, Eckhard Klemp, Specialized Officer, DVI Unit, presented to the audience a report on the work of Interpol and the relevant disaster victim unit.
Conor Crean, Scientific Affairs Officer Laboratory and Scientific Service Drug, Laboratory and Scientific Services Branch Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, gave a presentation on “UNODC tools and services for forensic drug testing and toxicology laboratories”.
This year, the representative of Brazil spoke for the first time at the conference, Fernando Fernández de Lima, a federal forensic expert from the Department of the Federal Police of Brazil, spoke about simulations in the management of forensic laboratories in Brazil.
Presentations on handwriting studies were made by Yury Chernov, Research director Institute for Handwriting Sciences of Zurich, Switzerland; Pavlos Kipouras, Prof. Law School-Dimocritus Un. of Thrace (D.U.Th.), Greece); Nauer Marie Anne, Director Institute for Handwriting Sciences of Zurich.
The following spoke about the foreign experience in using the latest technologies. Dr. Erik Krupicka, Forensic Expert of Image, Audio, and Video examinations Forensic Science Institute of the Federal Criminal Police Office in Germany; Artem Kovalenko, Associate Professor of the Criminal and Legal Disciplines Department, E.O. Didorenko Luhansk State University of Internal Affairs; Dr. Jelena Devenson, Head of the Department of Phonoscopic Examinations Forensic Science Centre of Lithuania.
Also during the conference, reports were presented on topics related to the work of scientific research institutions of forensic examinations during the war, the main features and tasks of military examination during martial law, and other relevant topics.
The Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise thanks everyone who participated in the IV international scientific and practical conference “Current Issues of Forensic Expertology, Criminalistics and Criminal Procedure” both with reports and as listeners. Despite the difficult situation in connection with the military aggression of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine, the conference that took place gathered a large number of participants from different countries of the world and once again became proof of the unity and indomitability of the Ukrainian people, who are working for the common victory of our country. After all, unity is the key to our peace and our victory!
Together we will win! Glory to Ukraine!