To Be or Not to be Expert: That is The Question

The need for experts has never been greater historically than it is today.

Whether in a political, scientific, institutional, technological, urbanistic or judicial framework, everywhere, more and more experts are needed. Our environment and our society is becoming more and more sophisticated and demanding.

Paradoxically, apart from a few branches such as accounting and real estate, anyone can call themselves an expert.

A particularly significant anecdote is that of a bloodstain forensic expert who sent 12 of the 14 accused to death row in the United States, before a diligent defense lawyer questioned him in detail on his qualifications. He finally admitted to having no training in blood stains or even in biology but affirmed his long experience in …. painting! He concluded his testimony with these words: “No stain or paint stain is the same thing! A stain is a stain …” DNA tests later demonstrated that his conclusions were false in the 14 cases!

There are even worse in other countries. In Europe, it is not uncommon for a judge to appoint an unqualified person as a court expert. One case that made a stir was that of an IT expert at a Court of Appeal in a French-speaking country who had been doing IT for … a month!

Finding a certified expert, whose performance is monitored, verified, measured certified was nonexistent until the birth of the Experts Without Borders Federation which not only certifies its member experts and their curriculum vitae, but also insures them in civil liability on a global level as part of their services.

This is why we strongly recommend to all those who need political, scientific, technical, institutional, technological, urban planning, judicial or other experts to use this institution which separates those who are really experts from those who do nothing but pretend it.