On 25-27 June 2015 in Mykolas Romeris University (Vilnius, Lithuania) was held XI International scientific and practical conference “Criminalistics and Forensic Science: science, studies, practice”. The conference was organized by Criminalists Association of Lithuania, Forensic Science Centre of Lithuania and Mykolas Romeris University.
The conference had scientific and gala parts. The scientific part of the conference included a plenary session, consisting – five sessions, discussions after each of them, lightning-talks, summarizing of the conference. The conference worked in two languages: English and Lithuanian. About 60 participants from Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, etc. attended the conference. Scientific reports with presentations have been published in conference collection, which have included 40 reports.
The conference topics were devoted to important issues: 1) creation of corporate European space in criminalistics; 2) linkage, coexistence or contrapositions of criminal, forensic sciences and criminalistics; 3) place (role) of forensic medicine in investigation of crimes; 4) possibilities of modern technologies in forensics and their application for investigations of crimes.
The conference was opened by Doc. Dr. Gabriele Juodkaite-Granskiene (Chairman of the scientific committee of the conference, Lithuania), Arūnas Kazlauskas (Chancellor of the Ministry of Justice of Lithuanian Republic) and Prof. Dr. Rima Ažubalytė (Judge of Supreme Court of Lithuania).
On first day (25th June) of the conference there was one session. This part of the conference was chaired by Prof. Dr. Hendryk Malevski (Lithuania, Poland) and Prof. Habil. Dr. Valery Shepitko (Ukraine). In the beginning of the session President of INGO “Criminalists Congress” Prof. Habil. Dr. Valery Shepitko presented Herbert Manns Silver Medal to Prof. Dr. Hendryk Malevski “for outstanding public service in Criminalistics development and popularization”.
The following presentations were made during the first session: “Criminalistics, Forensic Expertology and Procedural Sciences – Coexistence, Competition or Complementarity?” by Prof. Dr. Hendryk Malevski (Lithuania, Poland); “Criminalistic Knowledge Consolidation in Conditions of Historical Transformation and Globalization of the Modern World” by Prof. Habil. Dr. Valery Shepitko and Dr. Mykhaylo Shepitko (Ukraine); “Expert Witness in the New Model of Criminal Proceedings in Poland” by Dr. Krzysztof Krassowski and Prof. Habil. Dr. Ireneusz Soltyszewski (Poland); “Reglamentation of Forensic Examination under the European Standard” by Doc. Dr. Gabriele Judkaite-Granskiene (Lithuania). The presentations were followed by the discussions about criminalistic problems, photographing and a coffee break.
The second day (26th June) included started from second session, that was chaired by Prof. Dr. Vidmantas Egidijus Kurapka (Lithuania) and Prof. Hab. Dr. Valery Tishchenko (Ukraine). The following presentations were made during the second session: “The Conception of of Implementation of Vision for European Forensic Science 2020 in Lithuania: Problems’ Tree” by Prof. Dr. Vidmantas Egidijus Kurapka, Prof. Dr. Snieguolé Matuliené, Prof. Dr. Eglé Bilevičiūté and Siguté Stankevičiūté (Lithuania); “Regulatory Framework Enabling International Police Cooperation in the European Union“ by Krzysztof Krassowski (Poland); “About Modern Conceptual-categorical Apparatus of Criminalistics” by Prof. Hab. Dr. Valery Tishchenko (Ukraine); The Essence of Criminalistic Methodics” by Dr. iur. Elita Nimande, Dr. iur. Vladimirs Terehovičs (Latvia); “Forensic Identification by Voice Person Speaking Different Languages” by Dr. Bernardas Šalna, Lina Lyviené (Lithuania) and Mgr. Aleksander Kowalczyk (Poland). The presentations were followed by the discussions about problems of establishment of common European space of Criminalistics. After discussions was break to coffee.
The third session was chaired by Prof. Dr. Snieguolé Matuliené (Lithuania) and Prof. Hab. Dr. Irina Perepechina (Russia). The following presentations were made during this session: “DNA Identification as a New Branch of Criminalistics Technology in the Context of Criminalistics Didactics” by Prof. Habil. Dr. Irina Perepechina (Russia); “Forensic Linguistics in the Threat and Terrorisation Cases” by Dr. Gintare Žalkauskaitè (Lithuania); “Scent Identification Method as an Evidence in Criminal Proceedings” by Doc. JUDr. Marek Fryšták (Czech Republic); “Regulation of Status of Specialists in the Administrative Procedure Code of the Republic of Lithuania” by Karolis Kurapka (Lithuania). The presentations were followed by the discussions about forensic examination in consolidating Europe. After discussions was break to lunch.
The fours session was chaired by Prof. Dr. Ryšardas Burda (Lithuania) and Prof. Habil. Dr. Ireneusz Soltyszewski (Poland). The following presentations were made during this session: “Legal Insight into the Medininkai Events, July 31, 1991: between National and International Criminal Jurisprudence” by Prof. Dr. Ryšardas Burda (Lithuania); “Criminal Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse Evidence Detection and Collection in Slovenia” by PhD Danijela Frangež and PhD Darko Maver (Slovenia); “Description of Factors and Features Suspect Self-incrimination in Criminal Proceedings” by Dr. Olesya Vashchuk (Ukraine); “Situational Factors Affecting Cigarettes Smuggling” by Jurgita Baltrūnienè (Lithuania); “Non-accidental Injury of Head and Neck in Child – Victimological, Diagnostic, Therapeutic and Case-law Problem” by Joanna Zemlik (Poland); “Problems of Preparation of Investigative Materials for Handwriting Examinations under the Practices of Forensic Science Centre of Lithuania” by Rasa Tamošiūnaitè (Lithuania); “Field Usage of Modern Forensic Imaging Systems” by Gergely Gárrdonyi, Dávid Petrétei (Hungary); “The Relief Project – New (Criminology) Procedure in Proving Drug Offences” by Mgr. Jolana Sedláčková, Mgr. Jan Provaznik (Czech Republic); “Sudden death in Forensic Medical Practice” by Dr. Mgr. Inž. Renata Włodarczyk (Poland). The presentations were followed by the discussions about Criminalistics in crime investigation and different Expertology problems. The second day of the conference continued with a dinner-party.
The third conference day (27th June) there was a plenary session and summarizing of the conference. The plenary session was chaired by Prof. Dr. Henryk Malevski (Lithuania), JUDr. Marek Fryštak (Czech Republic) and Doc. Dr. Gabriele Juodkaite-Granskiene (Lithuania). This part of the conference included lightning-talks and final discussions.
The most active participants in the final discussions of the conference were: Prof. Dr. Henryk Malevski (Lithuania), Dr. Mykhaylo Shepitko (Ukraine), Doc. Dr. Gabriele Juodkaite-Granskiene (Lithuania) and JUDr. Marek Fryštak (Czech Republic), Rasa Tamošiūnaitè (Lithuania), Dr. Marija Jakubènienè (Lithuania), Prof. Habil. Dr. Valery Tishchenko (Ukraine), Prof. Dr. Ryšardas Burda (Lithuania), Gergely Gárdonyi and Dávid Petrétei (Hungary). The conference was closed by summarizing of this event.
During the conference closing participations decided to hold next event in 2016 in Poland. After the conference closing organizers offered to participants a coffee break and excursion to the Kings Palace in Vilnius.
The conference brief
by Prof. Dr.H. Malevski,
Doc. Dr. G. Juodkaite-Granskiene,
Dr. M. Shepitko