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|Title:||Police powers and human rights in the context of terrorism|
|Author(s):||Richard Stone, (University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK)|
|Citation:||Richard Stone, (2006) "Police powers and human rights in the context of terrorism", Managerial Law, Vol. 48 Iss: 4, pp.384 - 399|
|Keywords:||European law, Human rights, Police, Terrorism|
|Article type:||Conceptual Paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/03090550610681213 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The object of the paper is to analyse the justifications for the modification of police powers in response to terrorist threats, placing this issue in a European context.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper consists of a critical examination of provisions relating to terrorism emanating from the European Union and the Council of Europe (European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)), and the relevant English law on police powers of stop and search, arrest, and detention.
Findings – Nothing in European law requires the amendments to police powers contained in English law; European law requires respect for human rights, even in dealing with terrorism; a shoot-to-kill policy is prohibited by the ECHR; and balance is an unsatisfactory method of resolving conflicts in this area.
Research limitations/implications – The research was limited in its scope to certain areas of police powers, and to certain fundamental European documents. Future research should consider the issue in relation to wider areas.
Originality/value – It challenges the idea of balance between liberty and security, proposing a test based on necessity instead.
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