Legal and methodological bases of comprehensive forensic enquiry of pornography



The article gives an analysis of the legal definition of pornography. The author identified descriptive and target criteria groups which are required for the analysis and analyses the content of descriptive criteria of pornography and the way how they should be documented. Fixing attention to the anatomical and physiological characteristics of the sexual relations is determine as necessary target criterion. It is noted that the term "pornography" is a legal and cannot be subject of expertise. That is why author underlined some methodological basis of complex psycho-linguistic and psycho-art expertise. The article presents general issue depends on expert conclusion and studies cases where the research is necessary to involve doctors, as well as criteria for expert's opinion. Besides that, author defined subject, object and main tasks of psychological studies of pornographic information.

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Keywords: pornography, forensic enquiry, text, psychological research.

Journal rubric: Methodological Problems of Legal Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Berdnikov D. Legal and methodological bases of comprehensive forensic enquiry of pornography [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2016. Vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 18–24. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2016060103. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Dmitry Berdnikov, Doctor of Medicine, Superior State Forensic Expert, Federal Budget Institution Kursk Forensic Laboratory of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, Kursk, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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