The rationale of the project as a whole is an improvement of police minority relations through Restorative Justice measures.

In the framework of the COREPOL project the following publications have been prepared and presentations have been given:

Selected Presentations (PDF, 0.2 MB)

Selected Publications (PDF, 0.1 MB)

D2.1 Catalogue of Restorative Justice approaches, practices and tools

This catalogue aims at giving the reader a comprehensive, generally valid overview about the Restorative Justice approach. First of all it encompasses theoretical explanations about the definitions (chapter 2) and objectives (chapter 3) of Restorative Justice – things they have in common and aspects in which they differ. The following chapter four focuses on the roots of Restorative Justice and gives a brief outline of historical developments of this approach. The fifth section is to be understood as more related to practice: after giving an overview of the wide spectrum of possibilities for implementing Restorative Justice into practice the most common used methods of this broad and heterogeneous approach are presented. Before concluding the brief introduction into Restorative Justice some of the limits, risks and criticism of this approach are discussed in chapter 6.

Catalogue of Restorative Justice approaches (PDF, 0.5 MB)

D2.4 Public literature data base on COREPOL subjects

One aim of the project is to spread basic knowledge about the concept of Restorative Justice. For this purpose, a public literature database is made available and will be updated on a regular basis in the course of the project. It will provide a basis for coordinated research activities, not only for the consortium members but also for interested researchers and fellows from other universities or research institutions. The literature database contains various types of publications, such as books, articles and research reports.

If you want to use the database, please download the ris-file and open it with your preferred reference management software. The content of the database is also available in the pdf-format.

Literature dataset (RIS, 0.3 MB)

Literature list (PDF, 0.5 MB)

D3.3 Intercultural Manual

This document aimed to give a framework for the interviewers of the COREPOL project that are involved in the field study of WP3 (Minority Policing and Restorative Justice). It does not only describe the “normal” musts that have to be taken into account while conducting qualitative research including ethical aspects, openness, etc. but it further puts emphasis on the necessity to take the minority’s cultural background into account. Therefore culture specific issues that might be crucial for the data collection, such as gender and age, norms and rituals, nonverbal communication etc., will be described later on for African, Turkish and Roma minorities in the countries under study.

Intercultural Manual (PDF, 0.5 MB)

D4.3 POLICY BRIEF: Restorative Justice – meeting needs best on the demand side and the supply side of minority policing

Policing minorities is a topic of high importance in multicultural societies. Especially the police as state representatives have to adapt to new ways of minority policing. As policing and minority policing in particular are associated with conflicts, new ways of conflict management, conflict prevention, and conflict resolution need to be established. In the document below, the current supply side and demand side of minority policing are presented as well as possible resolution approaches with regard to Restorative Justice values.

Policy Brief (PDF, 0.5 MB)

D5.5 COREPOL Brochure

How to improve the relationship between European ethnic minorities and police

Project brochure: Police Profession as a Human Rights Service (PDF, 6.5 MB)

Project brochure (German): Polizeitätigkeit als professioneller Menschenrechtsschutz (PDF, 7.4 MB)

Project brochure (Hungarian): A rendőri hivatás emberi jogi szolgáltatás (PDF, 0.7 MB)

Project brochure (Turkish): Polis faaliyetleri profesyonel insan sağ korumasi
(PDF, 2.3 MB)

Article: “Minority Police Officers’ Contribution to Police-Ethnic Minority Conflict Management”

by Catharina Decker, Joachim Kersten
In: European Journal of Policing Studies, 2015, Issue 4, volume 2

Article in German: “Konfliktlösung zwischen Polizei und ethnischen Minderheiten. Bericht zu den Projektergebnissen und der Abschlusstagung von COREPOL"

C. Decker / J. Kersten
In: TOA-Magazin 1/2015: Fachzeitschrift zum Täter-Opfer-Ausgleich

Article: "The relationship between the Roma and the police: a Roma perspective"

by Gabor Hera
In: Policing and Society, 2015

The paper presents some findings of the COREPOL project addressing the relationship between police and the largest minority in Hungary, the Roma. This qualitative study reveals that most of Roma experienced police misconduct and held negative attitudes towards police. Such a relationship weakens overall trust in police and hinders effective policing within and with Roma communities. Therefore, the paper addresses the importance of procedural justice in minority policing but at the same time difficulties of its implementation are highlighted.

Book: „Strengthening Democratic Processes: Police Oversight through Restorative Justice with a Special Focus on Austria, Hungary and Germany”

by Catharina Vogt & Joachim Kersten
In: Verlag für Polizeiwissenschaft, ISBN 978-3-86676-402-6

Establishing democratic processes in police-citizen affairs can be considered as major challenge of 21st century policing. Current incidents of citizens complaining about disrespectful, unprofessional, or even violent policing show that managing citizen complaints should not start, when a case is brought to court, but way before, e.g. in form of police oversight, police complaint systems, or restorative justice. Indeed, it should consider the special needs and circumstances of persons with ethnic minority background that are often unaware of their democratic rights and obligations. The present book gives an overview of legal bases and approaches of police oversight and restorative justice as well as best practice approaches of fostering dialogue between police and (ethnic minority) citizens. Moreover, latest research and cases of Germany, Austria, and Hungary are introduced as well as approaches from the US and Australia.