Should the Council of Europe reconsider its approach to enhancing human rights and ethical standards in policing?

Siegert, Kai (2009) Should the Council of Europe reconsider its approach to enhancing human rights and ethical standards in policing? MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This research investigates the activities of the Council of Europe in the area of policing, human rights and ethics. While a core body of academic literature relating to human rights-compliant and ethical law enforcement is available, no work critically exploring the relevant efforts of the Council of Europe could be identified by this researcher. In order to close this gap in knowledge, the aim is to evaluate the current approach of the Council of Europe to promoting human rights and ethics in police practice and formulate recommendations as how the organisation might improve its effectiveness and efficiency concerning this issue. Pursuing a case study design, this output-centred research mainly draws on the analysis of secondary data in the form of documents and archival records. Primary data gathered by means of focused interviews with selected presentatives from the Council of Europe, other organisations and beneficiary countries as well as participant-observation serve to test and complete these findings. The Council of Europe’s pan-European approach to policing, human rights and ethics mainly comprises interrelated activities pertaining to standard setting, capacity building and monitoring. With a view to initiating sustainable behavioural changes towards value-orientation in daily policing, the strengthening of human rights and ethical capacities is essential. In academic theory it is widely recognised that the key to success in this area is the employment of a broad array of problem-oriented concerted measures. The results of this study suggest that although the Council of Europe addresses major aspects for promoting human rights-compliant and ethical policing, holistic solutions and improved coordination - especially regarding the capacity building efforts - remain crucial for generating synergies and eventually setting in motion expected developments towards an organisational culture based on human rights and ethical values.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15

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