Plenary and Other Invited Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Baker,-LProfessor Lori E. BAKER, Baylor University, USA

Forensic Issues in Human Migration

Dr. Lori Baker is an associate professor of anthropology and the Vice Provost of Strategic Initiatives, Collaboration and Leadership Development at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, where she specializes in the molecular and forensic analysis of skeletal remains. She is founder and executive director of Reuniting Families, a program that aids in the recovery, identification and repatriation of undocumented immigrants who perish during migration into the United States. Dr. Baker has acted as a consultant to the Mexican State of Chihuahua, the Washington Office on Latin America, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Truth Commissions in Peru and Panama.

DACCORD-Yves-headshotMr Yves DACCORD ICRC Director-General, Geneva

Humanitarian Forensic Sciences, Working in Challenging Environments and the Mission of the ICRC.

Yves Daccord is Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, a post he has held since 2010. A former journalist, TV producer and international relations expert, his ICRC career has spanned more than two decades in a variety of posts and challenging contexts – including Israel and the Occupied Territories, Sudan, Yemen, Chechnya and Georgia. Prior to his appointment as Director-General, he held the posts of Head of Communication Division and Director of Communications. He assumed the chair of Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR) in January 2015 and since July 2016 he is member of the Board of Trustees of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). He holds a degree in political science. Born in 1964, Mr Daccord is married with three children.

Dr.-Maria-CorazonDr. Maria Corazon A. DE UNGRIA, University of the Philippines

Practicing Forensic Science in Challenging Environments: International Perspectives.

Dr. Maria Corazon A. De Ungria heads the DNA Analysis Laboratory of the Natural Sciences Research Institute, University of the Philippines, Diliman, as well as the Program on Forensic and Ethnicity of the Philippine Genome Center. Her work involves research, training and casework in DNA analysis for forensic applications. She and her team also conduct research on the genetics of different Philippine ethno-linguistic groups to understand the genetic history of the Filipino people. She holds a BSc in Biology from Macquarie University and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of New South Wales, both in Sydney, Australia. Dr. De Ungria has been widely recognized for her academic achievements and her efforts in putting science at the service of society.

Chief-EVANSChief of Police Jennifer EVANS, Peel Regional Police, Canada

Major Case Management: Ontario’s Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Investigating High-Profile and Complex Homicides.

Chief Evans has progressed through Peel Regional Police from Cadet to Uniform branch, Youth Bureau, Criminal Investigations Bureau, Homicide & Missing Persons Bureau and Deputy Chief, becoming Chief in 2012. She assisted Justice Archie Campbell’s Review of serial rapist and murderer Paul Bernardo and worked as a Violent Crime Analyst at the Provincial ViCLAS Centre. Chief Evans also worked as an investigator for the Office of the Chief Coroner on in-custody deaths subject to mandatory inquests.

As Deputy Chief, she reviewed the Missing Women Investigations in British Columbia, focused on the initial police investigation of serial killer Robert Pickton, and testified at the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry. Chief Evans was appointed to the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by the Governor General of Canada and is a past President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.

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Chief-EVANSProfessor Randall HANSEN, University of Toronto, Canada

Forensic Issues in Human Migration

Prof. Randall Hansen is Director of the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He works on migration and citizenship, eugenics and population policy, and the effect of war on civilian populations. His published works include Citizenship and Immigration in Post-War Britain, Immigration and Public Opinion in Liberal Democracies (with David Leal and Gary P. Freeman), Migration States and International Cooperation (with Jeannette Money and Jobst Koehler), Towards a European Nationality (with P. Weil), Dual Nationality, Social Rights, and Federal Citizenship in the US and Europe (with P. Weil), and Immigration and Asylum from 1900 to the Present (with M. Gibney).

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Professor-José-Antonio-LorenteProfessor José Antonio LORENTE, University of Granada, Spain

Forensic Issues in Human Migration

Dr. Jose A. Lorente is Professor of Forensic Medicine at the University of Granada (U of G), Spain. He directs DNA-PROKIDS (Missing Children Identification Program), the Laboratory of Genetic Identification, GENYO (Pfizer–U of G–Andalusian Government Center for Genomics and Oncology) and the Andalusian Strategy on Research & Innovation. He is an expert in human genetic identification and forensic genetics, and uses cutting-edge technologies to help relatives of the missing and human rights organizations in countries such as Chile, Peru and Mexico. His programs have identified more than 700 children and reunited them with their families. Dr. Lorente’s team has worked to identify historical figures such as Christopher Columbus, the Prince of Viana, Queen Blanca de Navarra, Simon Bolivar, Francisco de Miranda and Leonardo da Vinci.

nunn-bDetective Inspector Bradley NUNN, Ontario Provincial Police, Canada

Major Case Management: Ontario’s Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Investigating High-Profile and Complex Homicides

Detective Inspector Brad Nunn, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), has extensive experience in major crimes management, including the international investigation into the “Bandidos homicides” of 2006. As a member of the OPP’s Major Case Management Section, he was seconded to the United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri and the murder of 21 others, resulting in four Hezbollah militia members being indicted for “Crimes Against Humanity”. More recently, D/Insp. Nunn was the Officer in Charge of Ontario’s Major Case Management system, overseeing serial predator investigations and multi-jurisdictional major cases, as well as the Ontario Major Case Management manual and software connecting all Ontario police services. He is currently a multi-jurisdictional major case manager for the Province of Ontario.

DN-Vieira-1Dr. Duarte Nuno VIEIRA, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Practicing Forensic Science in Challenging Environments: International Perspectives

Professor Duarte Nuno Vieira, past President of IAFS and previous recipient of the AAFS Douglas M. Lucas Medal, is Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra (Portugal). He is President of the European Council of Legal Medicine, the Ibero-American Network of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Science Institutions and the Portuguese Association for Bodily Injury Assessment, as well as Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and the Thematic Federation on Legal and Forensic Medicine of the European Union of Medical Specialists. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Working Group in Forensic Pathology and Forensic Anthropology of INTERPOL on Disaster Victim Identification. Dr. Vieira investigates torture and works with the Portuguese National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the ICRC, and the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims. He is Knight of the Royal Order of Nossa Senhora da Conceição.

Invited Speakers

prof-jay-d-aronsonProfessor Jay D. ARONSON, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Terrorism and Armed Conflict

Prof. Jay Aronson is Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, and founder and director of the Center for Human Rights Science at Carnegie Mellon University. His research and teaching focus on the interactions of science, technology, law, politics and human rights in a variety of contexts. He has studied the ethical, political and social dimensions of post-conflict and post-disaster identification of the missing and disappeared, and has been involved in projects to improve the quality of civilian casualty recording and estimation in times of conflict. He has also explored democratization of human rights documentation through the global spread of social media and mobile phones with cameras, and the resulting increase in accountability and the prevention of atrocities. His latest book, Who Owns the Dead? The Science and Politics of Death at Ground Zero, was published by Harvard University Press in 2016. It focuses on the recovery, identification and memorialization of the victims of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.

Ms. Sally BERLIN, Criminal Cases Review Commission, UK

Miscarriages of Justice and Wrongful Convictions

Sally Berlin is Director of Casework Operations at the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) in the UK, the independent organisation set up in 1995 to investigate potential miscarriages of justice from the criminal courts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It also has jurisdiction in respect of Courts Martial and the Service Civilian Court.

Sally is a barrister and, as Director, is responsible for the day to day running of casework operations ensuring that the CCRC achieves its key casework aims and objectives. She joined the CCRC as a Case Review Manager in 2000, became Group Leader in 2006 managing a group of Case Review Managers and moved to the Director post in 2013.

Frederick-BIEBERProfessor Frederick R. BIEBER, Harvard University, USA

Miscarriages of Justice and Wrongful Convictions

Prof. Frederick R. Bieber is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard University and a Medical Geneticist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. His research focuses on forensic aspects of DNA-based human identification. Dr. Bieber has served as a member of numerous state and federal forensic advisory boards, including the congressionally mandated FBI DNA Advisory Board (DAB), the Advisory Committee of the National DNA Databank of Canada, and the DNA Subcommittee of the New York State Forensic Commission. As an officer in the United States Army, Dr. Bieber served on active duty at the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL) and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL). In 2014, Dr. Bieber was appointed to the first-ever U.S. National Commission on Forensic Science which is charged with making recommendations to improve the use of forensic science in the justice system in the U.S.

Zeno-GeradtsProfessor Zeno GERADTS, Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), The Netherlands

New Forensic Technologies, Digital Evidence and Cybercrime.

Prof. Zeno Geradts is a senior forensic scientist in the department of Forensic Digital Biometrics Traces at the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), Ministry of Security and Justice. His work is in the area of forensic (video) image processing and biometrics, Forensic Big Data Analysis.   In 2014, he became Professor and Special Chair of Forensic Data Science at the University of Amsterdam. He received his PhD from the University of Utrecht in computational matching of forensic images. Professor Geradts has been the Chair of both the Engineering and Digital Evidence and Multimedia Sections of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), has served as a member of the AAFS’ Board of Directors, and is currently its Treasurer. He is also Chair of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes’ working group on Forensic IT.   Professor Geradts regularly publishes in forensic science journals and textbooks and is an expert witness in the area of digital evidence.

Dimitri-GerostamoulosDr. Dimitri GEROSTAMOULOS, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM), Australia

New Drugs, New Issues, New Doping Methods.

Dr. Dimitri Gerostamoulos is the Head of Forensic Science and Chief Toxicologist at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM), Melbourne, Australia. He holds the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine) in the field of Forensic Toxicology and a Bachelor of Science (Honours), both from Monash University. He is an approved analyst of the Road Safety Act of Victoria and an assessor for the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA) in Forensic Science. He has published numerous scientific papers and chapters in books.  Dr. Gerostamoulos is an active board member of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT), and a member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT), Society of Hair Testing (SOHT) and the Forensic and Clinical Toxicology Association of Australasia (FACTA Inc). He has given evidence at the Supreme court, County court, Magistrates Court and at Coronial Inquests in the field of forensic toxicology and pharmacology.

Stephen GoudgeHON. Stephen GOUDGE, Q.C., Chief Justice’s Advisory Committee on Professional Responsibility, Canada

Miscarriages of Justice and Wrongful Convictions

The Honourable Stephen Goudge conducted the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario that reported in 2008 and led to many systemic improvements including establishment of the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service. He holds an M.Sc. (Econ.) from the London School of Economics and LL.B. from the University of Toronto. He has taught Labour Law and Native Rights, and Professional Responsibility at U of T’s Faculty of Law and at Osgoode Hall Law School. Justice Goudge is a current member of the Chief Justice’s Advisory Committee on Professional Responsibility, a member of the Board of Governors of the Law Commission of Ontario and Board Chair of the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario. He resigned from the judiciary in 2014 and is now practicing law and engaged in mediation, arbitration and advising government. He was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2016.

Stephen GoudgeJudge Roderick KENNEDY, USA

Miscarriages of Justice and Wrongful Convictions

Judge Roderick Kennedy retired from the New Mexico Court of Appeals in 2016. He served as a designated judge at all court levels in New Mexico, and was a judge pro tem for the Jicarilla Apache Nation in Dulce, NM. In his practice, Judge Kennedy tried hundreds of cases as a prosecuting attorney and trial attorney doing general litigation and criminal defense. He was the first Chair of Bernalillo County’s DWI Planning Council and helped in the creation of a $2.5 million alcohol treatment center at the Bernalillo County Jail, an early model for Drug Court in Albuquerque. As he is known for his expertise in the interface between law and science, the Forensic Science Society (UK) awarded him its J. B. Firth Memorial Lecture and Medal. Judge Kennedy is a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and served on their ethics committee. .

Sarathchandra-KodikaraProfessor Sarathchandra KODIKARA, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Terrorism and Armed Conflict.

Dr. Sarathchandra Kodikara is a Professor Forensic Medicine in the Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Peradeniya, and Consultant in Forensic Medicine at several hospitals in Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He holds a Doctor of Medicine and Diploma in Legal Medicine from the University of Colombo, and is also an Attorney at Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. He was a Clinical and Research Fellow in Forensic Pathology at the University of Toronto and the Provincial Forensic Pathology Unit in Toronto. Dr. Kodikara has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and serves a member of various professional organizations and editorial boards.

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HON. Susan E. LANG, Canada

Miscarriages of Justice and Wrongful Convictions

The Honourable Susan E. Lang served as a judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario from 2004 until 2013. She served as President of both the Canadian and Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Associations. Justice Lang conducted an Independent Review for Ontario into hair testing for drugs of abuse at the Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory at the Hospital for Sick Children. She concluded in 2015 that the test results were unreliable and inadequate for use in child protection and criminal proceedings, and continues to recommend caution concerning the reliability of expert forensic evidence. She received an honourary Doctorate of Laws from the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2016.

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Dr. Joaquín S. LUCENA, Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences of Seville, Spain

New Drugs, New Issues, New Doping Methods.

Dr. Lucena is the Chief Forensic Pathologist at the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences of Seville, and Associate Professor of Forensic Medicine, University of Cadiz. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Seville, which was founded in 1700. He is Founder and President of the Spanish Society of Forensic Pathology, a member of the European Society of Pathology, and a Councillor of the Board of the Association for European Cardiovascular Pathology, as well as its President-Elect for 2018-2020. Dr. Lucena is co-editor of the “Clinico-Pathological Atlas of Cardiovascular Diseases”.

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Dr. Roger A. MITCHELL, JR., Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, District of Columbia, USA

Terrorism and Armed Conflict

Dr. Roger A. Mitchell, Jr. is the Chief Medical Examiner for the Government of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC. He believes the medical examiner serves a critical role in public health prevention initiatives and continues to be at the forefront of issues relating to Elder Abuse and Neglect, and Youth Violence. He is the Chairman of the National Medical Association’s Workgroup on Gun Violence and Police Use of Force, which examines violence as a public health issue. Dr. Mitchell sits on subcommittees of the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) including Education and Planning, and Strategic Planning, as well as chairing the Deaths In Custody Ad-hoc Committee.

Keith-RIXProfessor Keith RIX, Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, UK

Miscarriages of Justice and Wrongful Convictions.

Professor Rix is an honorary consultant forensic psychiatrist in the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust in England. Dr. Rix has been a visiting consultant psychiatrist at HM Prison, Leeds, and established the Leeds Magistrates’ Court Mental Health Assessment and Diversion Scheme and the city’s forensic psychiatry service. He has studied drunkenness, arson, and psychiatric disorders in offenders. He is the author of Expert Psychiatric Evidence, the editor of A Handbook for Trainee Psychiatrists and co-author of Alcohol Problems. He is past Chairman of the Fitness to Practise Panel of the UK Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service and is currently Visiting Professor of Medical Jurisprudence, Institute of Medicine, University of Chester. Prof. Rix has an interest in medical ethics and has published on the involvement of health professionals in capital punishment. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the UK Royal College of Physicians.

UbelakerDr. Douglas H. UBELAKER, Smithsonian Institution, USA

Winner of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 2017 Douglas M. Lucas Medal

Dr. Ubelaker is a curator and senior scientist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Since 1978, he has served as a consultant and expert witness in forensic anthropology. He is a Professorial Lecturer with the Departments of Anatomy and Anthropology at The George Washington University, Washington D.C. and an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Ubelaker is a past President of the AAFS and was named Distinguished Fellow in 2016. He has received numerous international honors from many countries including the Czech Republic, the United States, Uruguay, Italy and Argentina.

Catherine-WHITEDr. Catherine WHITE OBE, St. Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre, UK

Violence Against Women and Vulnerable Persons.

Dr. White has been the Clinical Director of the St. Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Manchester, United Kingdom since 2003, having started as a forensic physician in 1995. Dr. White is a member of the Academic and Forensic Science Committees of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine (FFLM), UK. She was the Deputy Chief Examiner for the FFLM, responsible for Sexual Offences Medicine. She is a UN Consultant on Sexual Violence and is involved in a UNODC project to establish sexual assault services in Palestine and Egypt. Dr. White was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in The Queen’s 2014 New Year’s Honours List for services to Vulnerable People.

IAFS 2017 Faculty

baccinoProfessor Eric BACCINO, University Hospital, Montpellier, France

Violence against Women and Vulnerable Persons

Dr. Eric Baccino is Professor of Forensic Medicine and Chief of Legal Medicine at the Forensic Medicine Unit, University Hospital in Montpellier. He is also board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He performs autopsies and examines individuals in custody and living victims of assault. Dr. Baccino was president of the IAFS in 1999 – 2002 and past president of the Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe (FASE), a subsection of the International Academy of Legal Medicine.

heesunProfessor Heesun CHUNG, Chungnam National University, Korea

New Drugs, New Issues, New Doping Methods

Dr. Heesun Chung is dean and professor of the Graduate School of Analytical Science and Technology, Chungnam National University, Korea. She was the Director General of the National Forensic Service. She has held many leadership posts such as Head of Department of Forensic Science, Director of Narcotics Analysis Division, and Director of Drug and Toxicology at the National Institute of Scientific Investigation. She is past president of IAFS and is the current president of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists. Dr. Chung is a Commander of the most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE), and received the Most Outstanding Woman Scientist Award from the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology.

fisher-bBarry FISHER

Violence against Women and Vulnerable Person

Mr. Barry Fisher retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Crime Laboratory after forty years of service. During his career, he served as president of the AAFS, IAFS and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors. His current interests are in finding ways to bridge the gap in understanding between the forensic science and the legal communities.

leungS.C. LEUNG

Miscarriages of Justice and Wrongful Convictions

Mr. S.C. Leung retired from the Forensic Science Division of the Government Laboratory of Hong Kong, having worked in various sections including Narcotics, Toxicology, Poisons, General Forensic, and Questioned Documents, eventually becoming Assistant Government Chemist in-charge of the Forensic Science Division.  After retirement, he set up Scientific Consultancy Limited. He was co-designer of a computer-driven classification system for counterfeit credit cards.  Mr. Leung is a past president of IAFS.

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