Cfp for Law Students- (10th Virtual) KLA International Seminar on Credibility of Evidence by Forensic Practices in Crime Investigation-Jan 8, 2022-Last date to submit- Dec 16

Kerala Law Academy Law College in association with Centre for Advanced Legal Studies and  Research (CALSAR) is organizing a One Day International Seminar on the Credibility of Evidence by Forensic Practices in Crime Investigation on 8th of January, 2021 from the Kerala Law Academy Campus, Peroorkada, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

The Seminar will be conducted through online platforms ZOOM and GOOGLE MEET. All the participants should have good access to the internet and be able to access the above said online platform.

Professor Jeeva Niriella, Department of Public and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, is the Chief Guest for the International Seminar (Tenth Virtual) on Credibility of Evidence by Forensic Practices in Crime Investigation.

Papers are being sought.

Law Students, Academicians, Lawyers, Social Workers, Policy Makers, and Officials from Various Departments- Representatives from Institutions and Professionals; NGO, Social Activists, Social Science Researchers, Faculty and Research Scholars are all encouraged to submit research articles. The received Research Articles would be published in a proceedings book with an ISBN.


Development and Constituents of Forensic Testimony

  • Exploring the origin of forensic evidence through the ages.
  • Meaning, Scope and need of forensic science, Basic principles of forensic science, Frye case and Daubert standard.
  • Mummification and history of Autopsy, antemortem and post mortem injuries
  • Fundamental aspects and scope of forensic  medicine.
  • Use of medicine and entomology to solve crimes and origin of pathology.
  • Early practices of forensic examination used by a forensic Investigator.
  • Origin of fingerprint analysis or forensic dactyloscopy.
  • The foundations of forensic Ballistics.
  • The origin of forensic toxicology.
  • Bloodstain pattern analysis, trace evidence analysis, Genetic marker analysis, art forensics, comparative forensics, Ear print analysis, forensic anthropology.
  • Water crimes, Forensic limnology and forensic archaeology, forensic chemistry, Questioned document examination, Forensic DNA analysis, Forensic Linguistics, Forensic nursing, Forensic odontology, forensic serology.
  • Forensic psychology and psychiatry, Digital forensics, wildlife forensic science.
  • Basic principles and applications of photography in forensic science and photographic evidence.
  • Role of forensic Intelligence in crime analysis.

Tools and Techniques in Forensic Practices and Related Loopholes

  • Automated Fingerprint Identification system, significance of poroscopy and edgeoscopy, Constituents of sweat residue, mechanism of detection of fingerprints by different developing reagents, preservation of developed fingerprints, fingerprinting the deceased.
  • Importance of footprints, casting, electrostatic lifting of foot prints, palm prints, lip prints and its examination.
  • Chromatographic methods, fundamental principles and forensic application of thin layer chromatography.
  • Spectroscopic methods, Lambert- Beer Law, Electrophoresis, Neutron activation analysis and Forensic application of microscopy.
  • Computer forensics Investigations.
  • Forensic significance of tachograph data.
  • Role of DNA typing in identifying unrecognizable bodies- Hardy-Weinberg law.
  • Glass evidence, paint evidence, fibre evidence, soil evidence, cloth evidence, forensic importance of tool marks and forensic gemmology.
  • Analysis of traces of petroleum products in forensic exhibits, cases involving arson, Analysis of fire debris.
  • Post-mortem changes affecting the analysis of narcotics.
  •  Report writing and crime scene management- types of crime scenes, crime scene search methods, safety measures at crime scenes.
  • Bomb scene management, detection of hidden explosives. 

Legal and Ethical Landscapes with the Conflicts and Problems in Forensic Evidence

  • Expert opinion under Indian Evidence Act, 1872, basic tools needed for forensic documents, forgeries and the concept of corroboration.
  • Adversarial Versus Inquisitorial System.
  • Deposition of the medical witness and report of certain Government scientific experts under  Section 291 and Section 293 of Criminal Procedural Code.
  • Medico-legal aspects of death, interviewing onlookers and segregating possible witnesses, Miranda warning card, suicidal notes.
  • Psychology of evidence, criminal profiling and psychology in court room , Ethical issues in forensic psychology with reference to Section 84 IPC.
  • Legal aspects of bite marks.
  • Legal and privacy issues in computer forensics.
  • Data Depiction like non-verbal detection, statement analysis, voice stress analyser, hypnosis, polygraphy-ethical and legal aspects, the guilty knowledge test, Narcos Analysis and brain electrical oscillation signatures- theory, ethical and legal issues.
  • Legal considerations at crime scenes, documentation of crime scenes , preparation of inquest (S.174 Cr. P.C), duties of first responders at crime scene, coordination between police personnel and forensic scientists at crime scenes, Crime Scene logs.
  • Crime scene evidence, collecting, sealing and labelling of evidence, Application of Locard’s Principle, chain of custody and reconstruction of crime scene.
  • Forensic accountancy, forensic auditing and violation of Intellectual property Rights, case histories .
  • Forensic science in International Perspectives with the setup of INTERPOL and FBI.
  • Duties of forensic scientists, Code of Conduct of Forensic Scientists and their qualifications.
  • Organisational Set ups of Forensic laboratories and other ancillary institutional panorama.
  • Regulatory framework of forensic evidence, national and international perspective.

Authors are free to work on any issue linked to the above-mentioned theme; nevertheless, these themes are not exhaustive.

Please email the abstract to [email protected] on or before December 16, 2021.

Submission Requirements

  • Please limit yourself to the places marked with the word “Seminar.”
  • The papers must be written in Times New Roman with the following font sizes: Heading-14, Text-16, A4 format, single line spacing, and a word count of no more than 2500 words, including the title, author information, and footnotes.
  • For footnoting, authors are urged to adopt The Bluebook (20th ed.) citation format in Times New Roman Font 10 size. Speaking footnotes are also discouraged.
  • For consideration, an abstract of no more than 250 words must be provided. The Abstract must include a synopsis of the paper, subtitles, references, and a conclusion stating the author’s point of view.
  • On or before December 16, 2021, send the abstract to [email protected] with the subject “Abstract submission.”
  • It must be accompanied with a cover page that includes the following information: the title of the paper; the sub-theme; the name of the author(s); the name of the institute/organization; the official designation; the e-mail address; the mailing address; and the phone number.


  • All footnotes must follow the 20th edition of Bluebook guidelines and be styled in Word using the footnote option.
  • The paper must not contain any borders, underlining, or other graphic elements.
  • References must be incorporated in footnotes and must not be cited at the end of the text.
  • Precedents are italicised but not bolded.
  • All subheadings must be bold and left aligned.
  • A committee will review the submissions. Full Papers (2500 words) will be considered for presentation in the Seminar if they are approved by the Committee. E-mail will be used to notify you of your option.
  • A cover page with the following information should be included in the final paper: Name, Designation, Relevant Discipline, and Year of Study, Address, E-mail address, and Contact number. In the Full Paper, the authors must include specifics.
  • Abstracts and papers should be written in English, and the Seminar’s working language will be English, as will all presentations.
  • Authors who will be attending the Seminar should submit their work.
  • Co-authorship is permitted, however only one Co-Author is allowed.
  • Each participant will be allowed to submit only one paper. Multiple entries will result in disqualification.
  • No part of the work should have been published before, and no part of the paper should be considered for publication. Plagiarism of any kind will result in automatic disqualification.
  • The organisers will make every attempt to publish the finest articles from among those submitted, assuming that they are accepted by reputable journals according to their requirements.
  • If there is a demand for the magazine, the author is responsible for paying it.

Dates to Remember

  • Abstracts are due by December 16, 2021.
  • Acceptance of abstracts will be communicated on December 18, 2021.
  • The deadline for submitting a full paper is January 1, 2022.
  • Full paper acceptance notification: January 4, 2022
  • Payment of the registration fee is due on January 6, 2022.
  • The date for the international seminar is January 8, 2022.
  • Registration Charge: Rs.750/- per participant (in the case of a maximum of one Co-Author, an additional fee of Rs.250/- must be paid).

Payment Information

  • Participants who wish to participate must register on or before January 6, 2022, by submitting a completed pro forma, which will be sent to them through mail after the entire paper has been accepted.
  • Through the online link provided on the Kerala Law Academy website, all participants must pay an online registration fee of Rs.750/- (Rs.1000/- in the case of co-authors).
  • An e-certificate of presentation will be given to each of the participants.


Further Details

Faculty Convener’s Contact Information

  • 9496196638 Ajitha Nair L (Associate Professor, Kerala Law Academy)
  • Co-Conveners from the Faculty
  • 9744169215 Dr. Dakshina Saraswathy (MCS General Secretary and Assistant Professor, Kerala Law Academy)
  • 8086406054 Darsana S Thampi (Assistant Professor, Kerala Law Academy)
    Student Conveners: Salini AP (Assistant Professor, Kerala Law Academy): 8527861463
  • 9746525734 Ajay Y
    8921194385 Sruthi Kannan
    7025263839 Hrishikesh Jayasarman
    Sreedurga M U Darsana Vikram Ananthu R. S Ashiq Muhammed M U Darsana Vikram Ananthu
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