European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 237-245

First online:

Police Powers and Accountability in a Democratic Society: Introductory Report

  • Joachim KerstenAffiliated withPolitical Science Department, Northwestern University

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This article by general rapporteur Joachim Kersten introduces the reports which were presented at the Twelfth Criminological Colloquium, organised by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, from 24-26 November 1999. Europe is undergoing a phase of rapid change. This affects the conditions of policing in each country and on the European continent as a whole. It is actually the legal, political and cultural context of policing that is undergoing rapid change. This colloquium and earlier ones carried out by the Council of Europe served a crucial purpose: they are an assessment in the European context of what is happening in relation to the police, police ethics and human rights in democratic societies.

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