Archiv der Kategorie: Summaries

The – yet – only englishspoken section of Bürgerrechte & Polizei/CILIP. Find here a brief summary of all articles of each edition.



Hopes and dangers of the „police of the future“
by Norbert Pütter and Eric Töpfer

The modernisation of police forces also includes the instruments and procedures they use, which are the result of scientific and technological progress. Although little is known about the details, new technologies are used in all areas of police work and their expansion is a declared aim of the responsible bodies. Digitalisation in particular is seen as an opportunity for more effective police work. With the expansion of their technical capacities, the police’s options to define suspicious behavior, for monitoring and taking action are increasing; the new technologies make it even more difficult to control police work. Summaries weiterlesen



Control in capitalism. An intersectional perspective
by Jenny Künkel

Capitalism was out of fashion for a long time. Since the financial crisis and pandemic, social movements with different relationships to the repressive state apparatus as well as critical criminology, in which abolitionist traditions are reviving, have increasingly turned their attention to capitalist socialisation. This article outlines the questions that need to be asked and addressed in the future. Summaries weiterlesen



Protest as a police problem. Granting and damaging a fundamental right
by Norbert Pütter

Demonstrations and political actions in public spaces regularly lead to police operations. According to the prevailing legal doctrine, the police must protect the fundamental right to freedom of assembly, ward off threats to public safety or order and prosecute criminal offences. These different objectives result in considerable scope for police action, which can determine the forms, effects and consequences of the protest. A number of major events are used as examples to illustrate how the police, involved in political processes and the threat of criminal sanctions, curtail the freedom of assembly. Summaries weiterlesen


Focus: Technology against migration

Sensors and Data of Fortress Europe
by Dirk Burczyk, Christian Meyer, Matthias Monroy and Stephanie Schmidt

In order to detect and prevent uncontrolled migration, the European Union is increasingly using advanced technologies. These can be divided into sensor-based and data-based applications. The commercial interests of the providers go hand in hand with the technological development of Europe’s external borders. However, there are also approaches by non-governmental organizations to use the observation technologies for the purpose of sousveillance. Summaries weiterlesen


Thematic Focus: Controlling the Police?

Police Accountability
by Hannah Espín Grau and Marie-Theres Piening

Parallel to the expansion of the powers of the German police, a critical public debate on the role of the police is increasing. The existing mecha­nisms to control the police are of limited efficacy and can only counteract the expansion of power in a piecemeal fashion. Therefore, it seems necessary to build on the momentum of the growing debate, to reconceptualize police control, and to consider how society can be empowered vis-à-vis the police. To this end, the article introduces the concept of “police accountability” and discusses its opportunities and limits regarding a stronger democratic containment of the police. Summaries weiterlesen


Thematic Focus: The Myth of “Clan Crime”

The Myth of “Clan Crime“
by Tom Jennissen und Louisa Zech

The article provides an introduction to the current main topic “clan crime“. The discourse on “clan crime“ leads to racist control practices and the weakening of constitutional principles. It serves to project crime onto the supposedly “foreign” and is politically exploited. Summaries weiterlesen


Thematic Focus: The EU – A New Kind of Security State?

The European Union and its Crises
by Chris Jones and Yasha Macanico

Since the Treaty of Amsterdam in 1999, various crises have served as pretexts for expanding the EU security structures, expanding the power of the EU’s repressive agencies. Politically motivated human rights violations continue to be daily fare and are worsening with the latest “migration crisis” on the EU’s eastern borders. Summaries weiterlesen


Thematic Focus: Police Laws – Eroding Boundaries and Protest

Five Years of Toughening Up Police Laws in Review
by Eric Töpfer and Marius Kühne

Germany has upgraded. On July 20, 2021, the Bavarian state parliament passed the last amendment to the Bavarian Police Tasks Law (for the time being), marking the provisional end to a series of measures toughening up police law that began in 2017 with the amendment to the Federal Criminal Police Law. This not only involved new powers to combat “dangerous persons”, but also the expansion of surveillance and dragnet searches, as well as an expansion of the arsenal of weapons. The updates to subjects’ rights and data protection that were implemented simultaneously did not compensate for this increase in power. Summaries weiterlesen