Mapping human rights to democratic policing through the ECHR

Andrew Aydin-Aitchison, Ceren Mermutluoğlu

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Abstract / Description of output

This article examines how human rights relate to democratic policing. We differentiate policing for democracy, which protects democracy, from democratically responsive policing, where police are governed democratically. Examining European Court of Human Rights cases, we find a close match between Convention rights and policing for democracy. Regarding democratically responsive policing, the Court provides responsiveness within the structural limits of reacting to individual complaints, and as one element in the broader landscape of governance. Further, cases show how that landscape features in Court judgments. We argue that robust enforcement, and careful attention to case law during drafting and implementation of police legislation and governance arrangements help protect democracy and enhance democratically responsive policing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalSecurity and Human Rights
Issue number1
Early online date4 Feb 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Feb 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • police
  • democracy
  • ECHR
  • responsiveness
  • human rights


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