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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.