John Clark has been a forensic pathologist for 35 years or so, working in Glasgow in the 80s, in Sheffield in the 90s and back in Glasgow in the 2000s. Although nominally now retired from the University, John continues his involvement in international work, providing expertise for the ICRC, ICC, UN, ECHR and other international organisations whose acronyms will become clear in John’s talk.
Medics are fortunate in having expertise which is easily transferable around the country and abroad. This certainly applies to the field of forensic pathology, whether in providing assistance or independent assessment in major incidents, conflicts, war crimes, human rights abuses or capacity training. Politics are often involved one way or another and this talk will look at how this was so in a number of international cases dealt with personally. It covers four continents and four decades, and from the death of one individual to that of thousands.