Certified Training on Wound Ballistics for Kosovo Forensic Agency

Dec 10, 2015


For more than 150 years, scientists have studied the interaction of bullets and fragments from explosive weapons with human tissue. Such studies have had an effect on how wounded people are treated, the development of international humanitarian law in relation to weapons and, more recently, the investigation of crimes in which firearms have been used. This field of study is known as wound ballistics.

Wound ballistics can help a variety of professionals who are in a position to limit the suffering caused by armed conflict or other situations of violence. Health professionals, who treat people wounded by weapons, will benefit from a better understanding of the physical process of wounding. Lawyers need a good grasp of wound ballistics to promote rules limiting the use of force and prohibiting certain bullets. Forensic experts need an understanding of wound ballistics in presenting evidence in court about cause of death. To meet these responsibilities, they need to understand the impact of their weapons on the human body.

In support of the Kosovo Forensic Agency, UNDP Firearms and Explosives Risk Minimization (FERM) project reached out to the University of Bern to provide four experts from the KFA – Ballistic section with a certified course in this field. This training is talking place between 07 and 11 December 2015 and includes technical as well as practical sessions.

UNDP FERM would like to thank the Governments of Germany and Norway for their generous support to this activity.

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