On 19-21 September 2019 in Representative Palace of Lithuanian Armed Forces «Ramovè» (Kaunas, Lithuania) was held XV International Congress «Criminalistics and Forensic Expertology: Science, Studies, Practice». The congress was organized by Criminalists Association of Lithuania, Forensic Science Centre of the Ministry of Justice of Lithuania and Mykolas Romeris University. About 140 participants from Azerbaijan, Belarussia, Czechia, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Kazakhastan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, UK, Ukraine and USA attended the congress. Scientific reports with presentations have been published in congress collection (in 2 vol.).
The congress programme included thematic panels: 1) Innovative methods in didactics of criminalistics and forensic expertology; 2) Special knowledge as measure for implementation of modern scientific achievement into legal proceedings; 3) Perspectives of polygraph and psychophysiological investigations – legal regulation and practices; 4) Modern digital technologies in criminalistics and forensic science – digitalisation of the procedures; 5) Peculiarities of modern methods of criminalistics; 6) Modern tactics of criminalistics – novelties of subjects; 7) Tactics of criminalistics – strategy of criminalistics – politics of criminalistics? 8) Perspectives of common international scientific programmes – time is short; 9) Classical theory of criminalistics and modern practices.
On 19 September 2019 the congress was opened by musical performance of Lithuanian Armed Forces Orchestra. Also congress was opened with the remarks of inviting guests: Prof. Dr. Inga Žalėnienė (President of Mykolas Romeris University); Dr. Giedrius Mozūraitis (Director of Forensic Science Centre of the Ministry of Justice of Lithuania) and Prof. Dr. Snieguolė Matulienė (Head of Criminalists Association of Lithuania).
Prof. Habil. Dr. Valery Shepitko (President of International Criminslists Congress) awarded Prof. Dr. Snieguolė Matulienė (Head of Criminalists Association of Lithuania) by «Herbert Manns Silver Medal» for «Outstanding Public Service in Criminalistics Development and Popularization». After opening of the Congress and welcoming speeches it was participants photographing.
International congress worked in plenary sessions’. The first day of the Congress (19 September) included only one session. 1st session of the Congress was chaired by Prof. Habil. Dr. Valery Shepitko (Ukraine) and Prof. Dr. Henryk Malewski (Lithuania). The following presentations were made during the session: «Virtual Reality» – Dr. Till Sieberth (Switzerland); «Topical Issues of Poligraphological Research» – Mgr. Oksana Stevenson and Prof. Dr. Bruce White (USA); «The Developments of Scientific Perceptions of Tactics of Criminalistics and Modern Trends» – Prof. Habil. Dr. (Ukraine); «Do we really Need a Law Expert-Witnesses in Poland?» – Prof. Habil. Dr. Tadeusz Tomaszewski (Poland); «Information Fiction in the Investigation of Crimes» – Prof. Habil. Dr. Valery Tishchenko and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Larysa Bielik (Ukraine); «New View into the Criminalistic Documentation and its Use» – Prof. Dr. Jozef Metenko, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Martin Samek and Miriam Metenkova (Slovakia); «Concept of the Theory on Information Computer Support of Criminalistical Activity: Subject, Object, System, Regularities» – Prof. Habil. Dr, Elena Raossinskaya (Russia); «The German Association of Criminalistics (DGfK) – a Mission for an Interdisciplianary, Criminalistic Appsroach in the German Speaking Countries» – Dr. Silke Brodbeck and Prof. Dr. Petra Hasselmann (Germany); «The Complex Scientific Concept of Forensic Didactics and Competence Development for Law Enforcement and Justice Officials and Models of its Implementation» – Prof. Dr. Vidmantas Egidijus Kurapka and Prof. Dr. Henryk Malewski (Lithuania).
The first day of the congress was finished by discussions on scientific reports topics. Special attention was paid to rapprochement of National and International Non-Governmental Organizations – Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian Criminalists Associations. As s result of this activity it was considered constitutive documents of European Network of Criminalists Associations (with headquarters in Vilnius, Lithuania). German Association of Criminalistics was interested in this uniting. First day of the Congress finished by gala dinner.
The second day of the Congress (20 September) included four sessions.2nd session of the Congress was chaired by Prof. Habil. Dr. Tatyana Moiseeva (Russia) and Prof. Dr. Vidmantas Egidijus Kurapka (Lithuania). The following presentations were made during the session: «Methodology of Criminalistics: Discussions, Trends, Prospects» – Prof. Habil. Dr. Viktor Shevchuk (Ukraine); «On Contemporary State of Islamic Phobia Based Hate Crimes in Czech Republic» – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marek Fryšták and Mgr. David Čep (Czechia); «Systematization of Criminalistic Knowledge: Modern Trends» – Dr. Viktoria Yaremchuk (Ukraine); «Use of Innovative Digital Technologies in Medicine: Criminalistical Aspects» – Prof. Habil. Dr. Irina Perepechina and Dmitry Perepechin (Russia); «Unification of Training of Forensic Experts As a Necessary Condition of International Integration of Judicial -Expert Activity» – Prof. Habil. Dr. Tatyana Moiseeva (Russia); «International Arrangement of Counter-Terrorism Strategies» – Dr. Jan Provaznik (Czechia); «Combating against Extremism: Criminalistic Aspects (Experience of Azerbaijan Republic)» – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bakhtiyar Aliyev (Azerbaijan); «Illicit Turnover of Cigarette as One of the Forms of Organized Crime and International Criminalistical Cooperation in the Fight Against it» – Jurgita Baltrūnienė (Lithuania); «Performed Activities and Insights due to New Scholarly Researches Analysis of the Cases of Applicability of Criminal Liability For Hate Crimes and Hate Speeches» – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Žaneta Navickienė and Vilius Velička (Lithuania); «Possibility to Use Special Knowledge in Pretrial Stage of Administrative Litigation» – Prof. Dr. Eglė Bilevičiūtė and Karolis Kurapka (Lithuania); «Counteraction to Investigation and System of Actions on its Neutralization» – Prof. Habil. Dr. Stanislav Yalyshev (Russia).
3rd session of the congress was chaired by Prof. Habil. Dr. Tadeusz Tomaszewski (Poland) and Prof. Dr. Henryk Malewski (Lithuania). The following presentations were made during the session: «Forms of impementation of Criminal Policy on Counteraction to Crimes Against Justice» – Assoc. Prof. Habil. Dr. Mykhaylo Shepitko (Ukraine); «Obstruction of Crime Investigation: Procedural and Tactical Aspects» – Prof. Dr. Ryšardas Burda (Lithuania); «Criminalistical Problems of Block Chain Technologies and Criptocurrencies» – Prof. Dr. Habil. Igor Komarov (Russia); «Driving to Suicide: Methods and Technologies» – Dr. Lesia Keryk (Ukraine); «Problems of Usage of Special Knowledge at Court Proceedings» – Dr. Iryna Shepitko (Ukraine); «Strategy of Criminalistics within the Criminal Proceeding against an Accused Legal Entity» – Mgr. Jan Malý (Slovakia); «Police Reforms: Challenges, Mistakes, Expectations» – Dr. Gediminas Bučiūnas (Lithuania); «New Technology in Latent Finger Print Detection» – Owen Lang (UK).
4th session of the congress was chaired by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marek Fryšták (Czechia) and Prof. Dr. Ryšardas Burda (Lithuania). The following presentations were made during the session: «Assessment of Influence of the Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances on Perpetrators of Traffic Offences» – Prof. Dr. Věra Kalvodová, Mgr. Katarina Kalvodová and Mgr. Marcela Lukášová (Czechia); «Peculiarities of the Tactics of Questioning in the Criminal Procedure in Latvia» – Dr. Vladimirs Terehovičs and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elita Nimande (Latvia); «Tactical Decession in the System of Concepts of Criminalistics» – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oleg Bululukov (Ukraine); «Operational Search Actions in the Republic of Poland» – Prof. Habil. Dr. Mieczysław Goc Мand Jacek Kudła (Poland); «Some Problems of Legal Regulation of Performance of Search in the Republic of Belarussia» – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siafhei Rybak and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dmitry Romaniuk (Belarussia); «Recognition of Persons by Functional and Dynamical Features» – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Martin Samek (Slovakia); «The Activity of the Riot Police at the Place of the Criminalistics Relevant Event» – Assoc. Prof Dr. Martin Laca (Slovakia); «Facebook: Online Portrait of the Criminal» – Assoc. Prof. Habil. Dr. Olesya Vashchuk (Ukraine); «Role of Psychologist in Lithunian Criminal Law» – Rasa Ižganaitė (Lithuania); «Intensive Supervision: Problem of Dissonance between Coercive Measure Efficiency and Intervention in Private Life» – Prof Dr. Raimundas Jurka and Ieva Žentelytė (Lithuania); «Intervention Program for Changing of Violent Behavior, its Application in Lithuania» – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rokas Uscila (Lithuania);«Interrogation of Persons with Mental and / or Behavioral Disorders» – Prof. Dr. Jolanta Zajančkauskienė, Prof. Dr. Snieguolė Matulienė and Ąžuolas Volkas (Lithuania).
5th session of the Congress was chaired by Prof. Habil. Dr. Elena Rossinskaya (Russia) and Dr. Giedrius Mozūraitis (Lithuania). The following presentations were made during the session: «Filepower of Semi-shell Projectiles Fired from Hunting Weapons» Prof. Habil. Dr. Violetta Kwiatkowska-Wójcikiewicz and Assov. Prof. Dr. Leszek Stępka (Poland); «Graphology or Document Examination? Future Perspectives and ‚Scuola Forense di Grafologia‘ – SFG» (Greece/Italy); «Forensic Expertise in the Area of Water Transport in Ukraine» – Assoc. Prof Dr. Artem Ripenko (Ukraine); «History of Forensic Polygraph Examinations in Russia» – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yaroslava Komissarova and Khamzin Said (Russia/USA); «Forensic Genetics Analysis: the Problem of of Artificial DNA and Chimerism» – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vitalii Kirvel (Belarussia).
International congress during second day of the event were included discussions after sessions, breaks to coffee and lunch. Second day of the Congress was closed by gala dinner, where participants had possibility to have talks in an informal meeting.
The third day (21 September) included two sessions. This part of the con- ference was chaired by Prof. Dr. Vera Kalvodovắ (Czechia), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Andrej Gorbatkov (Lithuania) – during 6th session and Prof. Dr. Jozef Metenko (Slovakia), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gabriele Juodkaitė-Granskienė (Lithuania) – during 7th session. The following presentations were made during the plenary session: «Scientific Equipment of Forensic Activities in Belarussia» – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nadzeya Shakel and Igor Moroz (Belarussia); «Comprehansive Expertise – a Recipe for Black Days of Forensics» – Prof. Habil. Dr. Anna Koziczak (Poland); «Banknotes Examinations» – Matej Barta (Slovakia); «Modern Security Techniques For Identity Document in Poland» – Habil. Dr. Renata Wlodarczyk (Poland); «Using of the Results of Linguistic Examination in Criminal Procedure» – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Svetlana Kushnirenko and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anton Kharatishvili (Russia); «Forensic Linguistics in the Investigation of Crimes» – Dr. Liudmyla Svyrydova (Ukraine); «Investigation of Copies of Signatures: Possibilities and Threats» – Rasa Tamošiūnaitė (Lithuania); etc.
The most active participants took part in the final discussions of the conference. The conference was closed by summarizing of this event. During the conference closing, participations are decided to hold next International соngress “Criminalistics and Forensic Expertology: Science, Studies, Practice” in Bratislava, Slovakia (September, 2020).
The conference brief was prepared
by Prof. Dr. H. Malevski,
Assoc. Prof. Dr. G. Juodkaite-Granskiene,
Assoc. Prof. Dr. M. Shepitko