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Conference: International Workshop on Human Rights and Police Reform in the Western Balkans, University of Roehampton, London, 28 January 2012‏


Saturday 28 January 2012, 2.00-6.30 pm

Venue: Duchesne Lecture Theatre, University of Roehampton (London)

The University of Roehampton Crucible Research Centre for Human Rights and the South East Europe Working Group of the British International Studies Association have the pleasure to invite you to an International Workshop on ‘Human Rights and Police Reform in the Western Balkans’.

International intervention in the reconstruction of post-war and post-socialist countries has become increasingly criticised for ignoring local knowledge, experiences and perceptions. Universalist approaches and paradigms have been held responsible for unintended consequences, including the subversion of top-down reform policies. In the Western Balkans, democratic policing is an integral part of international engagement aimed at improving domestic human rights practices and the provision of security to all citizens equally. This workshop assembles interdisciplinary scholars and practitioners in order to explore the successes and failures of external interventions in domestic policing through selected country case studies. It offers new theoretical and methodological perspectives that reflect a shift away from state defined approaches and assesses (potential) outcomes for reform in the region.

This workshop will be attended by representatives from eleven Western Balkan Universities who will be taking part in the first meeting of an EU-funded International ‘Tempus’ project on human rights education in the region. This three year project is led by the University of Roehampton Crucible Research Centre for Human Rights and has been developed as part of Crucible's ‘Western Balkans and Human Rights’ Research Stream.

Workshop Programme

2.00 to 2.30 pm: Welcome and Introductions

Denisa Kostovicova (London School of Economics and Political Sciences)

Security from a bottom-up perspective: conceptual shifts and methodological implications

2:30 to 4.00 pm: Panel on ‘External Interventions in Domestic Policing’

Chair: Martin Shaw (University of Roehampton)

Discussant: Gregory Kent (University of Roehampton)

Tobias Flessenkemper (European Union Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina)

EU Approaches to Police Reform in the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process

Gemma Collantes-Celador (City University London)

The Democratisation of the Police in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Achievements and Shortcomings

Barry J. Ryan (Keele University)

Reforming Police in the Republic of Montenegro

4.00 to 4.30 pm: Coffee break/Refreshments

4:30 to 6.00 pm: Panel on ‘Police Reform in Local Contexts’

Chair: Darren O'Byrne (University of Roehampton)

Discussant: Michele Lamb (University of Roehampton)

Stephan Hensell (University of Hamburg)

The Limits of International Police Reforms: the Case of Albania

Sonja Stojanovic (Belgrade Centre for Security Policy)

Police Reform in Serbia after Milosevic

Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers (University of Roehampton) & Isabel Stroehle (University of Munich)

Police Reform and Human Rights in Kosovo

6.00 to 6:30 pm: Concluding remarks

by Gemma Collantes-Celador, Denisa Kostovicova and Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers

6.30 to 7.30 pm: Reception

Registration Details: Workshop registration from 1.30 pm on 28 January.

Attendance is free of charge but pre-registration by Tuesday 24 January is essential to ensure a place. To register please contact Julia Noyce at

Details of how to reach the University of Roehampton can be found at


Dr. Gemma Collantes-Celador
Lecturer in International Security

Co-convenor, BISA Working Group on South East Europe (

Department of International Politics
City University London
Tel - +44 (0)20 7040 3635
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