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Ancuța-Elena Franț: Forensic architecture: A new dimension in Forensics

DOI: 10.47743/jss-2022-68-4-5

Abstract: In this paper, we analyse a methodology of investigation which we think that it has all the features needed in order to be considered a new forensic domain, namely forensic architecture. We explore the origins of this new field and its current applications. This strategy of investigation was created and promoted by the team of the Forensic Architecture research agency, so we analyse the way that this team applies forensic architecture in finding evidence in real cases. We take into consideration what the creators of forensic architecture present as the defining characteristics of this methodology, in regard to the purpose of forensic architecture and to the techniques and the tactics used in order to reach that purpose. The declared aim of the research agency for using forensic architecture is, mainly, to address human rights violations, in the context of contemporary conflicts. Basically, forensic architecture uses advanced digital technics, which help to extract the maximum amount of information from all possible data, for example from street cameras. Forensic Architecture research agency also organises exhibitions, where evidence in exposed, in order to raise the public awareness towards human rights` violations. We sustain the idea that forensic architecture can expand its scope and can be separated from the context where it was originally developed and, thus, become an important forensic domain.

Keywords: Forensics, forensic architecture, human rights, contemporary conflics, digital techniques

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