On 14-16 September 2017 in Palanga (Centre of recreation and rehabilitation “Pušynas”, Palanga, Lithuania) was held XIIIth International scientific practical conference “Criminalistics and forensic expertology: science, studies, practice”. The conference was organized by Criminalists` Association of Lithuania, Forensic Science Centre of Lithuania and Law Institute of Lithuania.
The conference had scientific and gala parts. The scientific part of the conference had plenary sessions, discussions and poster presentations. Languages of the conference were English, Lithuanian and Russian. Main topics of the conference were: 1) Tendencies and perspectives in developments of common forensic science area; 2) Strategies, methods and tactics of crime investigation of different schools of criminalistics; 3) Importance of forensic conclusions in investigative procedures; 4) Didactics of criminalistics and forensic expertology: innovative study methods; 5) Innovations in cyber crime investigations; 6) Organized crime and its effects on public security.
About 150 participants from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Ukraine and USA attended the Conference. Scientific reports have been published in conference collection, which have included 2 volumes.
The conference was opened by Chairman of Criminalists` Association of Lithuania, Doc. Dr. Gabrielé Juodkaité-Granskiené and Chairman of Scientific Board of Criminalists` Association of Lithuania, Prof. Dr. Hendryk Malevski. At the beginning of the conference Mayor of Palanga city Sarunas Vaitkus and representatives of Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, Prosecutor General Office sent best regards to participants and guests of the Conference.
On 14th of September plenary session of the conference was chaired by Prof. Dr. Hendryk Malevski (Lithuania) and Prof. Dr. Habil. Valery Shepitko (Ukraine). The following presentations were made during the session: “Integral Function of Criminalistics and its Role in Realization of Modern Strategic Goals of Fight against Crime” by Prof. Dr. Habil. Valery Shepitko (Ukraine); “Evaluation of Special Knowledhe in Trial: Practices of Lithuanian Courts” by Prof. Dr. Rima Ažubalyté (Lithuania); “Expert Opinion as a Specific Proof” by Prof. Dr. Habil. Tatiana Averianova (Russia); and “Forensic Examination in Pretrial Investigation – Prosecutors Insight” by Aivaras Velutis (Lithuania). After the plenary session it participants had time for buffet and discussions.
Second day of the conference (15th of September) included four plenary sessions with coffee breaks. The following presentations were made during these sessions: “Joint Investigation: the Actuality, Opportunities, Prospects” by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Svetlana Kushnirenko and Prof. Dr. Vladimir Pristanskov (Russia); “The Clarification of the Concept of Regularities that are Part of Criminalistics: is Unifying Factor or Illusion?” by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Habil. Evgeny Smakhtin (Russia); “Comparative Analysis of Forensic Science, Criminalistics and Neighboring Concepts in Some European Countries” by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elena Khatkevich (Belarus); “Problems of Investigation of Crimes against Justice” by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mykhaylo Shepitko (Ukraine); “Information Exchange between Police and Intelligence Agencies in Fight against Terrorism” by Mgr. Jan Provaznik (Czech Republic); “Conceptual Directions of Forensic Support of Law Enforcement Agencies and Special Services in the Fight against Terrorism” by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bakhtiyar Aliyev (Azerbaijan); “Corruption Crimes” by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Irina Lavrenteva (Russia); “Simulated Transfer in Cyberspace” by Mgr. David Čep, Mgr. Kateřina Hlaváčová and Mgr. Katarina Kandová (Czech Republic); “The Overinterpretation of Regulations about Registration in Forensic Databases – Cases Study” by Mgr. Katarzyna Ćwik (Poland); “Possibilities and Prospects of Development of Criminalistics”by Dr. Małgorzata Hregorowicz (Poland); “Reflectionof the qualification and Competence of Pre-Trial Investigation Officers during the Investigation of Cigarette Smuggling Offences” by Mgr. Jurgita Baltrūniené (Lithuania); “Handwriting Examination of Old Manuscripts (Codex Basiliensus F.V.2. and Trace of Basel)” by Dr. Diego Ardoino (Lithuania, Italy); “Metaopinions – Illegal, Irrelevant or Invaluable?” by Prof. Dr. Habil. Violetta Kwiatkowska-Wójcikiewicz (Poland); “Problemic Aspects of Forensic Activities of Private Forensic Experts in Lithuania” by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gabrielé Juodkaite-Granskiené, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Andrej Gorbatkov, Rasa Luksaité (Lithuania); “Special Knowledge in the New Code of Administrative Offences: New Trajectories or Reglamentation?” by Prof. Dr. Raimundas Jurka and Karolis Kurapka (Lithuania); “Electronic Signature: a New Forensic Frontier ” by Claudia Barbarano, Milena Pugnaloni, Sabrina Bellucco, Guido Castellari (Italy), etc. Second day of the conference finished with a dinner in restaurant.
Third day of the conference (16th of September) included plenary session. The following presentations were made during these sessions: “Poligraph “Axtion”. History. Study of Complex Poligrams and Data Using Channels of Poligraph“ by Bruce White and Mgr. Oksana Stevenson (USA); “Formation of Methodics of Psychophysiological Expertise in Criminal Proceedings” Assoc. Prof. Dr. Olesya Vashchuk (Ukraine); “The Concept of Arms in Criminalistic Doctrine about Arms” by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elita Nimande and Dr. Vladimirs Terehovičs (Latvia);
“Criminalistic Investigation of Traces of Human Tissues and Secretions: Opportunities, Constrints and Prospects Olfactory Biosensor Method” by Prof. Dr. Habil. Tatyana Moiseeva and Dr. Panfilov (Russia); “The Analysis of Relatives Handwriting – Examination of Suspected Documents” by Prof. Dr. Francesco Cerrotto (Italy); “Harmonic Speed Stabilization in Handwriting Velocity” by Milena Pugnaloni, Ilaria Gunetti, Mirka Mantoan, Nicoló di Toma (Italy); “Neurophysiological Principles in Graphical Analysis” by Prof. Dr. Gennaro Mazza (Italy); “Operational Control of the Authenticity and Forensic Examination 0f Documents and Art Objects by Using Regula Devices; their MainCharacteristics, Capabilities and Examples of Use in Practice” by Assoc. Prof. Dr. by Olga Bocharova (Belarus); Biometric Assessment of Modifications in Handwriting in Connection with Posture and Writing Surface” by Monica Manzini, Margherita Cristofori, Milena Pugnaloni, Tiberio Pitassi (Italy). After discussion of scientific reports it was discussion of Palanga memorandum and its signature. Next 14th International conference “Criminalistics and Forensic Expertology: Science, Studies, Practice” will be hosted on September 2018 in Odessa (Ukraine).
The conference brief
was prepared by
Prof. Dr. H. Malevski,
Doc. Dr. G. Juodkaite-Granskiene,
Dr. M. Shepitko