On June 17, 2022, the Second All-Ukrainian Forum of Forensic Experts was held. The event was launched last year and was initiated by the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, organized by the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise in a mixed format (online on the platform and offline in Lviv).
This year, taking into account Russia`s military invasion of Ukraine, the Forum is dedicated to the peculiarities of conducting forensic examinations in wartime.
The participants of the forum were welcomed by Andrii Haichenko, Deputy Minister of Justice 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, Vladyslav Fedorenko, Director, Research Center for Forensic Intellectual Property of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, Olena Kovalenko, Director of the Dnipro 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, Mariia Zelinska, Director of the Lviv Research Institute of Forensic Science of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, Ella Simakova-Yefremian, Deputy Director for Academic Affairs of National Scientific Center «Hon. Prof. M. S. Bokarius Forensic Science Institute», Serhii Krymchuk, Director, State Scientific Research Forensic Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Ihor Bedenysiuk, Judge of the Commercial Court of Cassation of the Supreme Court, Ihor Starodubov, President of the Union of Experts of Ukraine, and others.
The work of the Forum was held within the framework of an organized panel discussion on the topic “Peculiarities of conducting examinations in wartime”, where topical issues of forensic activities were submitted for consideration. In particular, there were considered the issues of expert provision of justice during the investigation of war crimes, conducting a DNA examination to identify the bodies of the dead, recommendations for ensuring the demining of territories, studying problematic issues of establishing damage to the state and legal entities and individuals based on the results of large-scale damage and destruction of movable and immovable property, organizing an inspection of the scene, etc.
The All-Ukrainian Forum of Forensic Experts will be traditionally held every year and will bring together representatives of various fields: the judiciary and law enforcement, legislative and executive branches of government, academia, lawyers, and the forensic community. Such events are very relevant and important, especially currently, when it is necessary to respond to the challenges of the time, as well as to further improve teamwork and achieve goals.