As police-minority relations are under researched in the countries under comparison (and this is true for a majority of EU member states), COREPOL will provide a basic research approach to a common European policy area in urgent need of knowledge led reform.

Knowledge about the potential of Restorative Justice (RJ) is not wide spread among criminal justice practitioners in Germany, Austria, and Hungary outside sporadic initiatives and academic criminology departments. COREPOL will provide a broader (practitioner-friendly) understanding of the scope and limitations of RJ in the framework of continental (Civil Law) societies. COREPOL will test the suitability of RJ for specific and diverse minorities and in particular, in regard to diverse police-minority relations and conflicts. And the project will come up with data on best-practice programs of RJ in the field of police-minority conflict.

At the end of COREPOL there will be a compendium of knowledge in regard to the “Do’s and Don’ts” of alternative, less formalized practices in the area of RJ, police, minorities, and decisive official and NGO players in this field.

The main impact of the proposed research will be

  • the foundation of an alternative knowledge in regards to the handling of conflicts between the mainstream society and its police, and on the other hand minority people and their communities.
  • This will be achieved by utilizing Restorative Justice as an epistemology for gaining an understanding of difficulties and conflicts that minority communities have and also cause in our societies.
  • Gender and age are decisive categories in the interaction with minority communities since traditional norms place different responsibilities on elders and women when it comes to conflict resolution.