Humanitarian Applications of Forensic Science

Humanitarian Applications of Forensic Science

24/11/2022 Compuscript Ltd

This special issue includes articles that further the discussion on humanitarian applications of forensic science. A video introduction to the issue by the Guest Editors is available to view at

Guest Editors: Derek Congram and Oran Finegan
In late July 2021, the Ministry of Veteran Affairs of the People’s Republic of China released a statement about the repatriation of the remains of Chinese soldiers from the Korean War, which had been recovered by the Republic of Korea:
Following humanitarian principles and in the spirit of friendly consultation and practical cooperation, China and South Korea…will further deepen the exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in the joint search, excavation, and identification of the remains of the Chinese Peoples Volunteers in South Korea.
This statement reflects the motivation for the introduction of forensics into the portfolio of expertise within the International Committee of the Red Cross in 2003: a humanitarian mandate and a spirit of pragmatic collaboration among countries to mitigate the lingering harm caused by armed conflict and other situations of violence, and to address the needs of affected people. These are just two examples of a broadening of forensic science application, which goes well beyond the common, narrow conception of forensic science as supporting criminal investigation. Increasingly, and especially in recent years, we are witnessing an increased socialisation and utilisation of forensic science in humanitarian work: in refugee camps, concurrent with ongoing war, at pandemic burial sites, hospital morgues, remote villages, and even in university classrooms. This evolution of thought and practice is what motivated this special issue of Forensic Sciences Research.

Papers in this issue:

Broadening the application of forensic science in an era of standardization
Derek Congram and Oran Finegan

Improving witness interviewing for the investigation of disappeared persons due to armed conflict
Derek Congram, Maria Mikellide, and Matthew Vennemeyer

Research Article
Gaining community entry with survivors for forensic human rights and humanitarian intervention
Jaymelee Kim, Lucia Elgerud, and Hugh Tuller

Case Reports
Humanitarian action in academic institutions: a case study in the ethical stewardship of unidentified forensic cases
Justin Z. Goldstein, Mariah E. Moe, Emilie L. Wiedenmeyer, Petra M. Banks, Sophia R. Mavroudas, and Michelle D. Hamilton

A dental perspective on the successes and limitations of the disaster victim identification response to the Nepal earthquake
Samarika Dahal, Gopal Kumar Chaudhary, Mani Raj Maharjan, and Eugen Dolma Walung

Materials for the study of the locus operandi in the search for missing persons in Italy
Pier Matteo Barone, Rosa Maria Di Maggio, and Silvia Mesturini

Short Communications
Human rights and humanitarian forensic action: the experience in Uruguay
Hugo Rodríguez Almada, Frances Borches Duhalde, and Victoria Iglesias Salaverría

Letting go and saying goodbye: a Nepalese family's decision, in the Ethiopian Airline crash ET-302

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