Conference on Human Rights and Forensic Science, April 24-25, 2009

Conference on Human Rights and Forensic Science
NUI Galway April 24th and 25th 2009

Provisional Programme: Please note, programme is subject to change and modification

                                                Friday 24th April

8.30-9.30 Registration
9.30 – 9.45 Opening remarks
9.45-10.15 Opening address: Professor Marie Cassidy, State Pathologist

Coffee: 10.15-10.30

10.30-12.30: Panel 1 

War Crimes and Forensic Investigations
Chair: Dr Noam Lubell 
Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway 

Speaker: Dr Ray Murphy

Irish Centre for Human Rights
Title: "Finding evidence to prove war crimes"   

Speaker: Prof Sue Black OBE 
Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification, University of Dundee
Title: "The International Forensic Spectrum of Anthropology" 

Speaker: Dr Bill Haglund
Senior Forensic Consultant, Physicians For Human Rights, Boston, USA 
Title: “Forensic Evidence and the Srebrenica Graves”

Lunch: 12.30 – 1.45

1.45-3.45: Panel 2 

Human Identification
Chair: Dr Bill Haglund
Speaker: Éadaoin O’Brien
Government of Ireland Scholar, Irish Centre for Human Rights
Title: “Are human body exhibitions a denial of identity and dignity in death? A legal analysis"
Speaker: Dr Caroline Wilkinson,
Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification, University of Dundee
Title: "Depicting the Dead - the challenges of facial recognition in human identification".

Speaker: TBC
International Commission on Missing Persons 
Title: TBC (Work of the ICMP)

Coffee 3.45 – 4.00

4.00-6.00: Panel 3 

Sexual Violence and Forensic Evidence

Chair: Eadaoin O'Brien
Speaker: Niamh Hayes

Government of Ireland Scholar, Irish Centre for Human Rights

Title: “Corroborating Evidence and Rape Complaints in Conflict Zones: Some International Perspectives".

Speaker: Dr. Roger Derham

M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., H.Dip.Med. (Forensic Med.), LL.M (Int.Hum.Rts.Law).    MIOG (Member Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCPI)), MFFLM (Foundation Member Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine (UK)),
FRAMI (Fellow Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland), FRCOG (Fellow of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists).  
Title: “Forensic Examination in Episodes of Acute Sexual Abuse – Problems and Limitations of Evidence”

Speaker: Anthony Forde
Leeds Law School
Title: "Identifying Victims of Sexual Violence in the absence of forensic evidence using Investigative Interviewing Strategies"

6.00-6.30 Roundtable discussion


Saturday 25th April

10.00 – 10.30 Concept Paper: Prof William Schabas OC, Director, Irish Centre for Human Rights 
                       Title: “The right to benefit from scientific development”

10.30-12.00: Panel 4   

 Investigations of ongoing human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity

Chair: Prof Sue Black

Speaker: Dr. Kathleen Cavanaugh 
Irish Centre for Human Rights
Title: "Setting the Record Straight: The Role of NGOs"  

Speaker: Mr Joe Powderly 
IRCHSS Government of Ireland Scholar, Irish Centre for Human Rights 
Title:  "Investigating Human Rights Violations and Potential Crimes Against Humanity in Burma/Myanmar: The Case of the Rohingya" 

Lunch: 12.00-1.00

1.00– 3.00 Panel 5

Fair Trial & Evidence

Chair: Dr Caroline Wilkinson

Speaker: Dr Michael Naughton
Bristol University 
Title: “Wrongful Convictions: The limits and dangers of DNA techniques in the UK”  

Speaker: Ms Colleen Rohan
Defence Counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Chairperson of the Association of Defence Counsel the ICTY Disciplinary Council, founding member of the International Criminal Law Bureau.
Title: "Legal Challenges to Expert Opinion Evidence and Reports"

Speaker: Ms Fidelma Donlon
Former Deputy Registrar, Bosnian War Crimes Chambers
Special Court for Sierra Leone Residual Issue Consultant
Title: "Complementarity in Practice: The Admissibility of Forensic Evidence Collected by the Yugoslav Tribunal before the Bosnian War Crimes Chamber. Challenges, Conflicts and Compromises".

Speaker: Mr Sean Gillane
Barrister at law
Title: TBC

3.00 -3.15 Closing remarks:  Dr Jim Browne, President NUI Galway.