Working Group 3

Understanding the Governance of Police Stops in Europe


WG3 will develop a research protocol, identifying the information to be sought about each European state in order to establish a baseline. This information will develop upon the information already being gathered by WGs 1 and 2 and will include legal and other frameworks and information from oversight agencies and civil society organisations. WG3 will analyse the information gathered to develop our understanding of the different modes of governance of Police Stops and the ways in which they are held accountable and made transparent. WG3 will also identify those states where there is a lack of evidence and understanding of the oversight of Police Stops. The data will be presented both as an annotated bibliography and as an interactive on-line resource revealing the different legal, political and institutional governing frameworks. WG3 will look to use social media to elicit experiences and accounts of holding the police officers and organisations accountable for the use of Police Stops from citizens,
exploring the use and development of Apps to inform and empower citizens.

Action activities

3 Working group meetings, 1 workshops, 1 STSM


• Gathering codified knowledge about different national legal systems and legislation regulating, controlling and auditing Police Stops
• Gaining insights into mechanisms of accountability (making Police Stops accountable) and the ways the data is used to inform policy
• Gaining insights into the relationship between police legitimacy, accountability and the practice of Police Stops
• Gathering information and gaining insight into the impact of the use of technology (such as body-worn cameras and Apps for registering complaints) and the practice of Police Stops on police legitimacy and procedural justice
• Generate comparative awareness of governance and accountability mechanisms in different jurisdictions and create opportunities for innovation


3.1 working plan and arrangements of the working group (M1); 3.2 research protocol of the working group (M12);3.3 First overview of legislation and legal systems (M12); 3.4 overview of gathered data (M24); 3.5 Developing work plan GIS map; 3.6 data implemented in GIS map (M32); 3.7 planning publication and dissemination of data in scientific and professional (police) journals (M36); 3.8 publication in edited collection (M48); 3.9 publication in 1 national police profession journal (1 per participating country)

Working Group Members

  • Dr János Fazekas
    WG3 Leader
    • Email:
    • Organisation: Eötvös Loránd University
  • Dr Elizabeth Aston
    United Kingdom
    WG3 Co-leader
    • Email:
    • Organisation: Edinburgh Napier University
  • Mr Gunnar Thomassen
    • Email:
    • Organisation: Norwegian Police University College
  • Prof Hartmut Aden
    • Email:
    • Organisation: Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
  • Mr Johnny Connolly
    • Email:
    • Organisation: University of Limerick
  • Dr Genevieve Lennon
    United Kingdom
    • Email:
    • Organisation: University of Strathclyde
  • Ms Lucía Morale
    • Email:
    • Organisation: Municipality of Barcelona
  • Ms Estelle Marks
    United Kingdom
    • Email:
    • Organisation: Kings College London
  • Dr Giulia Lasagni
    • Email:
    • Organisation: Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna
  • Ms Kath Murray
    United Kingdom
    • Email:
    • Organisation: University of Edinbourgh
  • Dr Jose Angel Brandariz Garcia
    • Email:
    • Organisation: University of A Coruña
  • Prof Zan Jan Oplotnik
    • Email:
    • Organisation: University of Maribor
  • Dr Wojciech Jasiński
    • Email:
    • Organisation: University of Wrocław
  • Dr Christian Mouhanna
    • Email:
    • Organisation: CESDIP
  • Dr Nikolay Yanev
    • Email:
    • Organisation: Sofia University St Kliment Ohridski
  • Dr Georgi Petrunov
    • Email:
    • Organisation: University of National and World Economy
  • Dr Noémia Bessa Vilela
    WG5 Leader
    • Email:
    • Organisation: UPT Porto