prof. Piotr Gałecki

Ladies and Gentlemen

It gives me great pleasure to invite all those interested to participate in the Third International Congress on Forensic Psychiatry.

Last year’s international formula of the Congress met with the approval of those who participated, which encouraged us to continue this year. A mutual exchange of experience between representatives of the judicial and psychiatric branches has been expanded by taking it to the next, international level. Nevertheless, our motto remains the same: Let us learn from each other.

Over 600 participants took part in the last year’s event. We touched on the most important and challenging subjects, such as the topic of protective measures. The importance of the event was highlighted by the fact that the honorary patronage of the Congress was fulfilled by the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Health. Moreover, honorary guests at the event included the representatives of the Patient's Ombudsman, the Supreme Court, the WHO Office, and many other prominent guests recognised in both the judicial and medical fields.

During the last year’s meeting, the Aurelius Awards were awarded for the first time in such categories as Personality, Publication, and Patient’s Rights. The said awards will be presented during this edition of the Congress as well.

We warmly invite all those interested to come and participate



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Scientific Committee

Piotr Gałecki

Piotr Gałecki, MD, PhD, professor, the Head of the Psychiatry of Adults Clinic of the University of Medicine in Lodz. National Psychiatry Consultant, professional psychiatrist, and expert sexologist. He is the author and co-author of over 250 scientific publications in both national and foreign magazines, as well as of numerous books. In his clinical, didactic, and research-related studies, he strives to understand the biological determinants of mental illnesses, mainly depression. He is the author of publications and books in the fields of law and psychiatry. 

Krzysztof Eichstaedt

Krzysztof Eichstaedt, PhD – the judge of the Court of Appeal in Lodz, lecturer in the National School of Judiciary and Public Prosecution  in Cracow, Medical Science Technology  and Basic & Clinical Psychiatry editing committee member, participant of numerous psychiatry and sexology-oriented conferences, author and co-author of over fifty scientific papers on procedural, material, and penal fiscal law, as well as those on both law and psychiatry, including the co-authoring of two editions of a comprehensive commentaries to the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Act on Mental Health protection, as well as on Methodological Background of a Professional Psychiatrist, Psychologist, and Sexologist in Penal, Juvenile, and Misdemeanor-related Undertakings and the 10th volume of the System of Penal Procedural Law.  

Poster Session

Submission guidelines for original research studies for the International Congress of Forensic Psychiatry, April 21-22, 2017, Lodz.

  1. Only electronic submissions will be accepted (MS Word and pdf files).
  2. Submission deadline is March 15, 2017.    
  3. Abstracts must not have more than 250 words.
  4. Studies will be presented as posters.
  5. The Scientific Committee will decide on abstract acceptance and on the form of presentation. Authors will be informed of the decisions until March 30, 2017.
  6. At least one author has to be registered to present the study.
  7. The name of the presenting author must be specified, and all changes in authorship must be reported to the Organizers.      

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About the Aurelius Award

The sculpture made by an artist in an important and meaningful way depicts the need to perceive the fortunes and misfortunes of mentally disabled individuals with compassion, as they are in a specific position, including their legal situation. The figure of Themis in the form of a sculpture presents the priceless values of righteousness and justice. The youthful figure of Aurelius introduces the method of treating mentally disabled individuals with respect. The creation is complemented with the motif of a butterfly, symbolising one’s soul and creating the sense of fluidity and evanescence. 

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Aurelius award ceremony

During last year’s second edition of the International Congress on Forensic Psychiatry, respected individuals were recognised with an Aurelius Award.

The issue of the criminal responsibility of mentally disabled individuals is rooted in the very beginnings of human civilization. The special treatment of mentally challenged people who have breached moral and legal norms has been present in our culture for quite some time. Throughout history, the approach to insanity has been related to a wide range of the context of perceiving a person and has been shaped by the development of religious, philosophical, and scientific methods, as well as by the simultaneously developing societal and worldview-related matters. 

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