On April 13-14, 2021, an international online conference on «Building an effective forensic system in the investigation of deaths, the main challenges and limitations» was organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Association of Forensic Physicians of Ukraine.
The main purpose of the conference was to exchange international experience in the development and operation of forensic services in Ukraine, Portugal, Spain, Canada and Australia.
The conference also discussed the legal framework for the investigation of deaths, procedures for identifying the bodies of unidentified persons and a successful model of interaction between forensic experts, police, judges and families of missing persons.
Ihor Samoilenko, a Senior Forensic Expert of the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise, attended the event.
The speakers at the conference were:
- Valerii Voichenko. Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Bureau of Forensic Medicine. Chairman of the Association of Forensic Physicians of Ukraine. Consultant in forensic medicine in the People’s Republic of Angola from 1988 to 1992. Member of the expert group in the field of forensic examination, pathological anatomy. Candidate of Medical Sciences. Associate Professor of Forensic Medicine and Pathological Anatomy. Associate Professor of the State National University.
- Duarte Nuno Vieira. Professor and former Dean of the Medical Faculty of the University of Coimbra and a visiting professor at many other universities in Portugal, European, Asian and South American universities. Chairman of the Ibero-American Network of Forensic Science, a group of scientific advisers to the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, and the thematic federation of forensic medicine of the European Union of Medical Professionals. Vice-President of the European Confederation of Experts on Injury Assessment and Treatment. Member of the Judicial Advisory Group of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Judicial Expert Group of the International Council for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture.
- Jose Luis Prieto. Forensic Medical Expert (National Forensic Service) - Member of the Committee on Science and Education - Institute of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Science - Madrid. Associate Professor - School of Forensic Medicine - Complutense University, Madrid. Merits: Head of the Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology and Odontology (1993 - 2008) - Institute of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Science - Madrid. Consultant and member of the Judicial Advisory Group (FAB) - International Committee of the Red Cross. Member of the Scientific and Technical Committee - Forensic Medical Council - Ministry of Justice (2014 - 2019).
- Michael Pollanen. Chief Forensic Pathologist, Ontario, Canada, Professor and Vice President (Innovation) of the Laboratory of Medicine and Pathological Biology, University of Toronto. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Doctor of Medicine (MD, 1999), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD, 1995), he completed a clinical residency in 2003. He is a member of the International Committee of the Red Cross, former President of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (2015/17). Founder of the Forensic Pathology Course at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Deputy Chief Coroner of Ontario.
- Stephen Cordner. Position: Honored Professor; Consultant forensic pathologist. Institution: Monash University; Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM). Director of VIFM 1987-2014; Judicial Adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross 2003.
- David Ranson. Deputy Director of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. Head of the Department of Forensic Science of the Institute. National Adviser on Forensic Pathology to the Chief Coroner and the Ministry of Justice of New Zealand. Professor of Law at the University of Latrobe and Clinical Professor of the Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University.
- Bertrand Lude. Professor of Forensic Medicine at the Medical School of Paris. Director of the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Paris. Professor of Forensic Medicine at the Medical School of Strasbourg from 1996 to 2013. Director of the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Strasbourg from 1996 to 2013. Dean of the Medical School of Strasbourg from 2001 to 2011.
- Tania Delabarde. Forensic anthropologist at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, Paris, France.
- Craig Keys. Coordinator of the Bachelor of Medical Sciences Course (with honors) in forensic examination; Research Coordinator. Physician forensic expert, PhD.