Working Group 4

Contextualising Police Stops in Europe


WG4 will be concerned to understand the legal, social and political context in which Police Stops have emerged in different European states. WG4 will undertake an extensive literature review to identify the different legal bases for Police Stops, the rationale for their use and the contexts in which those powers are both strengthened and constrained. WG4 will host a key symposium in Year Two to attract key speakers offering an international and comparative perspective on Police Stops, drawing upon a wide
range of academic disciplines, including political science, history, social geography, social policy and philosophy as well as psychology, sociology, public administration, law and criminology. This symposium will be published as an edited collection and will inform the analytical work of WGS 1, 2 and 3.

Action activities

3 Working group meetings, 1 workshops, 1 STSM


• Gathering codified knowledge about the impact of the macro-level context on Police Stops policy (meso level) and practice (micro level).
• Gathering insight into the impact of dominant national and international discourses on (crim)migration and terrorism on Police Stops (policy and practice)
• Gathering insight in the role of European and international factors on the national governance of Police Stops ) and the practice of Police Stops on police legitimacy and procedural justice


4.1 working plan and arrangements of the working group (M1); 4.2 research protocol of the working group (M12);4.3 First overview of analysis on policy environment, political discourses and historical context (M12); 4.4 overview of gathered data (M24); 4.5 Developing work plan GIS map; 4.6 data implemented in GIS map (M32); 4.7 planning publication and dissemination of data in scientific and professional (police) journals (M36); 4.8 publication in edited collection (M48); 4.9 publication in 1 national police professional journal (1 per participating country)

Working Group Members

  • Prof Jacques de Maillard
    WG4 Leader
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    • Organisation: CESDIP
  • Dr. Kristof Verfaillie
    Financial Representative
    WG4 Co-leader
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    • Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Hannah Reiter
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    • Organisation: Universität Wien
  • Sara Grace
    United Kingdom
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    • Organisation: University of Salford
  • Manuel Maroto
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    • Organisation: Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Klimis Ntalianis
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    • Organisation: University of West Attica
  • Prof Hartmut Aden
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    • Organisation: Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
  • Dr Cristina Fernandez Bessa
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    • Organisation: Universidade da Coruña
  • Dr Ecaterina Georgeta Balica
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    • Organisation: Institute of Sociology-Romanian Academy, coordinator of National Network Police Stops
  • Dr Ion Mocanu
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    • Organisation: --
  • Prof Michele Caianiello
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    • Organisation: Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna
  • Dr Ruza Karlovic
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    • Organisation: Police College
  • Ms Dorota Czerwińska
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    • Organisation: Uniwersytet Wrocławski
  • Dr Valentina Marinescu
    Science Communication Manager
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    • Organisation: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest