prof. Piotr Gałecki

Dear friends

We are pleased to invite you to the 4th International Congress of Forensic Psychiatry. Once again specialists in the fields of law and medicine will be able to share their experiences related to the medicolegal aspects of psychiatry.

More than 1000 participants attended the Congress last year, during which international experts shared their clinical and research findings.

The Polish Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Health assumed the honorary patronage of the Congress, and we had the opportunity to meet the representatives of the Human Rights Defender, the Supreme Court, the WHO Office, and many other distinguished guests from the legal and medical communities.

With a kind approval of the Congress attendees, the Aurelius Award has become a part of our Congress. The Aurelius Award is given in three categories: Person, Publication, and Patients' Rights to honor those of us who have contributed substantially to helping people with mental diseases.

Because the Congress has met with considerable interest, we make every effort to ensure that during subsequent events we have the opportunity to discuss current problems in the fields of law and psychiatry, which will hopefully motivate us to re-consider our views and will satisfy our expectations.


We kindly invite you to join us during the upcoming Congress

Piotr Gałecki and Krzysztof Eichstaedt

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 of original research to the International Congress of Forensic Psychiatry, April 6-7, 2018, Łodz, Poland.

  1. Only electronic submissions will be accepted (pdf files).
  2. Submission deadline is March 1, 2018  
  3. Abstracts must not have more than 250 words.
  4. Researchers will present their work on posters.
  5. The Scientific Committee will accept or decline abstracts and choose the way of presentation. Authors will be notified whether their abstracts have been accepted or not by March 16, 2018.
  6. At least one author of each submitted abstract must register for the Congress to present the work.
  7. Please, indicate the presenting author and notify the organizers of any changes.      

About the Aurelius Award

The sculpture, created by an artist, shows in an expressive way how important it is to have empathy for people with mental disease, whose situation is special, including their legal status. The motif of Temida, in the form of a sculpture, reflects in itself the timeless values of the rule of law and justice. The youthful figure of Aurelius introduces the idea of treating people with mental diseases with dignity. The sculpture is complemented by a butterfly motif, a symbol of the soul, which conveys the impression of changeability.  

Aurelius award ceremony

The Aurelius awards were given during the 3rd International Congress of Forensic Psychiatry.

The problem of criminal responsibility of people with mental diseases goes back to the earliest times and has its roots in the beginnings of human civilization. People with mental diseases have long received special treatment after violating moral and legal norms. Throughout the history, the approach to insanity depended on the understanding of the human nature and was determined by the philosophical, religious, and scientific thought, as well as social conditions.