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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 47-48


1 School of Criminal Justice, University of Lausanne, Batochime, 1015 Lausanne-Dorigny, Switzerland
2 Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science, University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China

Date of Web Publication30-Jun-2017

Correspondence Address:
Alex Biedermann
School of Criminal Justice, University of Lausanne, Batochime, 1015 Lausanne-Dorigny
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfsm.jfsm_50_17

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Biedermann A, Zhang B. Preface. J Forensic Sci Med 2017;3:47-8

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Biedermann A, Zhang B. Preface. J Forensic Sci Med [serial online] 2017 [cited 2022 Jun 24];3:47-8. Available from: https://www.jfsmonline.com/text.asp?2017/3/2/47/209288

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we welcome you to this Special Issue of the Journal of Forensic Science and Medicine (JFSM). It contains full papers presented at the 2nd International Symposium on Sino Swiss Evidence Science 2016 (2nd ISSSES 2016), held at the School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) (Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice, and Public Administration) of the University of Lausanne (UNIL) over September 6–9, 2016 (http://wp.unil.ch/issses/).

ISSSES is a symposium series conceived to develop and promote the works of the Sino Swiss Evidence Science Research Center (SSESRC), jointly established in 2013 by the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) and the SCJ of the University of Lausanne.

The 1st ISSSES was held in Hainan (China) over January 19–21, 2015.

The symposium provides a forum for discussions on the current frontier developments and new directions in the field of evidence science. The 2nd ISSSES 2016 was jointly organized by the School of Criminal Justice and the SSESRC, chaired by Professor Baosheng Zhang, who is currently chairman of the Collaborative Innovation Center of Judicial Civilization, China.

The 2nd ISSSES 2016 symposium topic was scientific evidence and judicial proof and promoted the interchange of ideas between Chinese and Swiss lawyers, scientists, academics, and their foreign counterparts. The symposium provided a platform where eminent scholars from China as well as other overseas countries shared their experience and expertise in the field of evidence law. The main invited speakers were Ronald J. Allen (John Henry Wigmore Professor of Law, Northwestern University, Pritzker School of Law, Chicago), Edward J. Imwinkelried (Edward L. Barrett, Jr., Professor of Law Emeritus, School of Law, University of California, Davis, USA), Thomas Man (Professor from Practice, School of Transnational Law, Peking University), and Bernard Robertson (barrister and visiting lecturer at Auckland University of Technology, Wellington). Their perspectives on the advancement of the administration of justice in an interdisciplinary perspective were of high interest to scholars and researchers from both forensic science and evidence law from different jurisdictional backgrounds. The symposium also encouraged and supported the participation of young researchers and Ph.D. students from both CUPL and UNIL.

The 2nd ISSSES 2016 was generously supported by: 2011 : The “2011 Plan” of China – Collaborative Innovation Center of Judicial Civilization; 111 : The “111 Plan” of China – Evidence Science Innovation and Talent Base; The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) through grants Grant no. IZ32Z0_168366 (Christophe Champod) and BSSGI0_155809 (Alex Biedermann); The University of Lausanne (UNIL) through its School of Criminal Justice of the Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration; : CUPL with its Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science.

Following the 2nd ISSSES 2016, participants were encouraged to revise their papers based on discussion and commentaries received during the symposium and to submit their manuscripts to a peer-reviewed journal that best fits the scope of their work, but preferably this Special Issue of the JFSM. After a double-blind peer review conducted by the JFSM editors, qualified papers has been retrained for this JFSM Special Issue; The selected papers reflect original perspectives on evidence and proof for the administration of justice through an interdisciplinary and international exchange, which are topics that are at the core of the ISSSES initiative. The 2nd ISSSES 2016 contributions have also appeared in other specialized journals,[1-4] highlighting the depth and breadth of the symposium contributions and their relevance to the wider academic community.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we would like to thank the authors for their substantial contributions and the editors of the JFSM for welcoming this selection of the 2nd ISSSES 2016 articles. We also express our gratitude to all the reviewers for their valuable advice and support provided to the JFSM editors.

Through the 2nd ISSSES 2016, CUPL and UNIL have successfully demonstrated that focused exchange favors progress on important topics in scientific evidence and judicial proof. We hope that these promising achievements motivate all involved partners to foster their common research interests through future editions of ISSSES.


Alex Biedermann gratefully acknowledges the support of the SNSF through grant No. BSSGI0_155809 and the University of Lausanne. We also acknowledge the support of the Collaborative Innovation Center of Judicial Civilization (China).

  References Top

Allen RJ. The conceptual difficulties of specialised evidence. Evid Sci 2017;1:116-31.  Back to cited text no. 1
Biedermann A, Champod C, Jackson G, Gill P, Taylor D, Butler J, et al. Evaluation of forensic DNA traces when propositions of interest relate to activities: Analysis and discussion of recurrent concerns. Front Genet 2016;7:215.  Back to cited text no. 2
Imwinkelried EJ. Computer source code: A source of the growing controversy over the reliability of automated forensic techniques. DePaul Law Rev 2016;66:97-132.  Back to cited text no. 3
Vuille J, Lupària L, Taroni F. Scientific evidence and the right to a fair trial under (article 6 ECHR). Law Probab Risk 2017;16:55-68.  Back to cited text no. 4


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