International conference POLICE STOPS ACROSS EUROPE (28 February 2023, The Hague, The Netherlands))

Published on 19/10/2022

For more than four years, our EU COST funded network on Police Stops has been gathering information, hearing from experts and practitioners, and learning from those who have experience of being stopped by the police. We have learnt from efforts to change the way policing is done in Scotland and elsewhere. But we have also seen the death of George Floyd and the development of the #blacklivesmatter movement in Europe. And we have noted the ways in which the police were asked to respond to the pandemic and to new public health restrictions.

These two challenges in particular have shed a light on policing in parts of Europe that have, in the past, not paid close attention. Over the four years of our network, debates about the practice of Police Stops have emerged in France, in Belgium, in Norway, in Denmark and in other countries. This event, the closing conference of our network, will present our work. But more important for all of us, it will offer help and ideas for how to address emerging concerns and to improve the relationship between the police and those they police.




More speakers TBA


8.30 – 9.00 Registration
9.00 – 9.30 Stop and Search in Europe EU COST Action – an overview

With Sofie De Kimpe, Action Chair and Mike Rowe, Action Vice Chair

9.30 – 10.30 ROUNDTABLE

Police stops: What is the problem?

With Justice Tankebe, University of Cambridge

Coffee break (15 mins)
10.45 – 11.45 ROUNDTABLE

Evidencing the problem

With Slim Ben Achour, Avocat à la Cour and Jeppe Kirkelund Søndergaard, Danish Institute for Human Rights

11.45 – 13.00 BREAKOUTS

Working Group 1 Understanding the Practice of Police Stops in Europe

Working Group 2 Understanding the Experience of Police Stops in Europe

Lunch (1 hour)
14.00 – 15.00 ROUNDTABLE

Pressures for change

With Sebastian Roché

15.00 – 16.00 ROUNDTABLE

Making changes

With Ian Thompson, Police Scotland (retired) and Helene Gundhus, University of Oslo

16.00 – 17.00 BREAKOUTS

Working Group 3 Governing Police Stops in Europe

Working Group 4 Contextualising Police Stops in Europe

17.00 – 17.30 Reflections from the Breakout Discussions
17.30 – 17.45 Closing remarks

By Sofie De Kimpe and Mike Rowe

17.45 Book launch and reception


The conference is free to attend but registration is required. Invitations are sent via e-cost platform. If you are interested in attending the conference, please contact

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