Duarte Nuno Vieira

Dr. Duarte Nuno Vieira is a Full Professor of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Sciences and of Ethics and Medical Law at the University of Coimbra. He is Chief Forensic Pathologist and National Director of the Portuguese National Institute of Forensic Medicine, President of the Portuguese Medico-Legal Council and Member of the Portuguese National Council of Ethics for Life Sciences. Professor Vieira is the current President of the International Academy of Legal Medicine, International Association of Forensic Sciences, World Police Medical Officers and European Council of Legal Medicine. He is past-President of the Mediterranean Academy of Forensic Sciences and of the Latin-American Association of Medical Law. He works actively in the field of human rights, as Forensic Expert of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims, Forensic Adviser of the International Committee of Red Cross and Temporary Forensic Consultant of the UN High Commissioner of Humans Rights. Professor Vieira has attended more than 450 conferences as keynote invited speaker in Europe, North, Central and South-America, Asia, Australasia, Africa and Middle-East, and has been awarded 11 scientific prizes and 12 honorary fellowship from governments and scientific associations from European, Asian, African and central and south-American countries. He has published more than 300 scientific papers and is the editor or co-editor of 5 books in Portuguese, French and English languages.

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Forensic medicine is a continuously evolving science that is constantly being updated and improved, not only as a result of technological and scientific advances (which bring almost immediate repercussions) but also because of developments in the social and legal spheres. This book contains innovative perspectives and approaches to classic topics and problems in forensic medicine, offering reflections about the potential and limits of emerging areas in forensic expert research; it transmits the experience of some countries in the domain of cutting-edge expert intervention, and shows how research in other fields of knowledge may have very relevant implications for this practice.

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