SUSU Hosted International Forum Dedicated to Forensic Expert Day

Students of the Institute of Law of South Ural State University took part in the International Forum “Criminal Science and Forensic Enquiry in the Age of Digitalization” dedicated to the day of forensic experts of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia. The student forum was held in a popular science format.

The forum consisted of two stages: the first stage was a fun intellectual game “Sherlock of the 21st Century”, where students presented their visiting cards and artistic performances, checked their knowledge of terms and took part in practical criminalistics competition. The organizer of the forum, Associate Professor of the Department of Criminal Procedures, Criminal Science and Forensic Enquiry Elena Bugaeva spoke about the practical stage of the competition:

“The scene of the incident was reproduced at the forensic training site, the students had to perform an incident site examination in accordance with the requirements of the Criminal Procedure Code, within the examination they had to collect prints found at the incident site including digital traces of crime; make a detailed examination of the corpse using the tools contained in the forensic case, and to draw up an on-site inspection record. In general the event was fun, interesting and lively.”

Students took part in the forum with great pleasure, many of them regularly join such events and emphasize that they do it not only for fun but they also learn practical lessons and skills. Ivan Frolov, a 4th year student, shared his impressions of the forum:

“I am interested in criminal science and today I have solidified my theoretical knowledge given at the lessons in practice. I have participated in such forums before, it is very exciting. I liked the scene examination. It was also interesting to work in a team, it unites people.”

The second stage of the forum was devoted to the international round table, where students of SUSU discussed the issues of criminal science and forensics in the age of digitalization with the partners from Slovenia (University of Maribor) and Serbia (University of Belgrade). The topics of digital evidence, problems, its application, digital footprints and methods of their use, the Trojan virus dilemmas, crimes with cryptocurrency and other topics were touched upon. It should be noted that students presented their reports in English.

“Today I have shared on the idea of a digital trace of a mobile phone call. At present, a large number of frauds occur in a digital sphere. Fraudsters use the fact that they fake people’s voices and phone numbers and steal data and money. I have spoken about the STIR/SHAKEN technology, which is based on cryptographic data an issues a digital certificate of the caller and contains the source data, which will be a decisive moment in the criminal investigation for forensic experts,” said Evgeniy Gandziy.

This year the forum was held for the first time, however the organizers of the event are planning to hold it annually.

Reference: The Institute of Law has been collaborating with the partners from Slovenia (University of Maribor) and Serbia (University of Belgrade) for a year and this partnership is actively developing. At present, agreements on cooperation in developing education and research have been signed.

Natalia Bagretsova, Elena Potoroko; photo by Elena Potoroko
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