On November 19, 2020, the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine was held the II International Scientific and Practical Conference “Current Issues of Forensic Expertology, Criminalistics and Criminal Procedure”.
The event was held online with over 200 participants. Representatives of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and other state authorities, as well as employees of the judiciary and the prosecutor's office, participants from higher educational institutions attended the conference.
Experts from the United States of America, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Poland, Turkey, Lithuania, Moldova, Belarus, Bulgaria and other countries made scientific reports.
Oleksandr Ruvin, Director of the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise, opened the meeting with a welcoming speech: “Despite the difficult situation caused by the spread of COVID-19 in Ukraine and the world, the implementation of highly professional expert, scientific and methodological work remains a priority for our Institute. We are glad to welcome everyone and thank you for your attention to the conference, because today forensic examination, as never before, requires the joint work of leading scientists, scientists and practitioners”.
Director of the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise stressed that an extremely important issue for discussion is the reform of forensic examination, the development of general conceptual problematic issues of forensic examination and communication of forensic experts.
In addition, Oleksandr Ruvin noted that the scientific work of the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise has always been based on flagship approaches. The publication of the Institute analyzes and covers the best practices of Ukrainian and international forensic expert activity.
“Currently at the final stage of graduation is a preparatory course “Qualification Expert Exam: Access to Future Profession” edited by the Institute. The publication will be useful for people who want to become a forensic expert and who will undergo an electronic testing introduced by the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine”, announced the Director of the head of the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise.
The Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine Andrii Haichenko addressed the participants with a welcoming speech and noted the high scientific level of the conference, the professionalism and rich practical experience of the expert work of the speakers and the importance of the topics discussed.
Andrii Haichenko noted that it is extremely important to support and develop international cooperation of forensic experts, because this is what makes it possible to take the best achievements of the world expert community into the practice of Ukrainian forensic expert activity.
We also thanks for the welcome addresses to the conference’s participants made by:
‒ Nataliia Tkachenko ‒ Director of the Expert Justice Department of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine,
‒ Andrii Svintsytskyi – Director of the Ukrainian Scientific and Research Institute of Special Equipment and Forensic Expertise of the Security Service of Ukraine,
‒ Oleksandr Oliinyk ‒ Director of the Justice and National Security Department of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine,
‒ Olesia Otradnova ‒ Director of Prosecutor`s Training Center of Ukraine,
‒ Viktoriia Aliekseichuk ‒ adviser to the Minister of Justice of Ukraine,
‒ Serhii Krymchuk – Director of the State Scientific Research Forensic Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine ‒ Head of the Expert Service,
‒ Oleh Uhrovetskyi – Deputy Director of the National Research Center “Hon. Prof. M. S. Bokarius Institute of Forensic Examinations”,
‒ Olena Kovalenko – Director of Dnipropetrovsk Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine,
‒ Yurii Cherdyntsev – Director of the Odesa Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine,
‒ Victoriia Kontymyrova – Director of the Donetsk Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine,
‒ Oksana Kumanska-Nor – Director of the Lviv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine,
‒ Vladyslav Fedorenko – Director of the Scientific Research Center for Forensic Intellectual Property of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine,
‒ Olga Kataraga – – Director of the National Center for Forensic Expertise of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Moldova,
‒ Argam Hovsepyan – Director for Research of the National Bureau of Expertise of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia,
‒ Dariusz Zuba – Acting Director Institute of Forensic Research, Krakow, Poland.
In general, the topics of the Conference covered an extremely wide range of topical issues of forensic science.
Acting Director of the Institute of Forensic Research of prof. Jan Sena in Krakow (Poland) Dariusz Zuba made a presentation to the following topic: “Impact of COVID-19 on the activities of forensic institutions”. His speech was complemented by a presentation by Ukrainian colleagues from the Kyiv City Clinical Bureau of Forensic Medicine, who analyzed the increase in the number of studies through the problem of increasing cases of domestic violence in COVID-19.
Representatives of the Department of Human Movement Sciences at the University of Groningen (Netherlands), professor of neuro-mechanics Bert Otten and researcher Mickey Wiedemeijer, as well as professor of the University of West London (UK) Ivan Birch devoted their research to the features of forensic gait analysis.
John R. Vanderkolk, a consultant in comparative forensic science of the Indiana State Police Laboratory in Fort Wayne (United States), spoke about comparative forensics and his extensive expertise experience.
Particular attention of the conference participants was
attracted by the speeches of colleagues from Spain. José Manuel COLODRÁS, the coordinator of the
EU-ACT projects, the chief
inspector of the Madrid police and the head of the quality department. Mario Rica, the Head of Quality Section
Technical & Scientific Research Central Unit General Scientific Police Headquarters
Spanish National Police in the presentation revealed the specifics of the work and the accreditation processes of domestic and foreign expert laboratories.
Among the issues discussed during the Conference were also reports on the following topics:
- “Evaluation and Comparison of the Accuracy of Two Forensic Automatic Speaker Recognition (FASR) Systems BATVOX and voice”, Forensic Science Centre of Lithuania, Salna Bernardas,
- “Similarities and Differences Between Abbreviated Signatures and Original Signatures”, Researcher Institute of Forensic Sciences and Legal Medicine, Istanbul University – Cerrahpasa, Ozge Genc,
- “Forensic databases in Poland. Legal issues with data protection”, Researcher, Department of Criminalistics, Faculty of Law and Administration, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Dariusz Wilk,
- “Some aspects of scientific and methodological support of forensic examination in the context of standardization of forensic activity” , Director of the National Center for Forensic Expertise of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Moldova, Olga Kataraga.
In addition, Ukrainian experts spoke about the prospects of using new technologies during forensic examinations, namely:
- Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Law, E. O. Didorenko Luhansk State University of Internal Affairs Artem Kovalenko presented the topic of modern possibilities of using 3D scanning technologies during the pre-trial investigation of criminal offenses,
- Associate Professor of Accounting and Auditing, National Technical University “Dnipro Polytechnic”, forensic expert of the Dnipropetrovsk Research Institute of Forensic Science of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine Andrii Makurin presented a report on the legal status of virtual currencies in Ukraine,
- Associate Professor of Criminal Law, Procedure and Criminology, Institute of Law. V. Stashys of the Classical Private University Oleksandr Kravchenko reported on “Actual problems of modern forensic handwriting examination”,
- Olena Kozeratska, Head of the Forensic Psychiatric Examination Department of the Center for Mental Health and Monitoring of Drugs and Alcohol of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, analyzed “Current Problems in Forensic Psychiatric Examination of Persons Who Have Committed Sexual Crimes” and many others.
In his closing remarks, Oleksandr Ruvin, Director of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise, stressed the importance of communication between scientists and practitioners, and wished all participants good health and new professional achievements.
We hope that the event has left a positive contribution to the professional development of the participants and despite all the challenges of today, forensic science will never stop on its way to development, will overcome all borders and language barriers for the sake of truth and justice!
Київський науково-дослідний інститут судових експертиз
Директор: Рувін Олександр
Поштова адреса: 03057, м. Київ, вул. Смоленська, 6
Kyiv Research Institute of Forensic Expertise
Director: Ruvin Oleksandr
Mailling address: 03057, City of Kyiv Smolenska Street, 6