Fair Treatment of Persons in Police Custody
International Conference, Oranienburg/Berlin, Germany, 16 to 17 October 2018

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Conference venue:
Brandenburg University of Applied Police Sciences –
Fachhochschule der Polizei des Landes Brandenburg
Bernauer Straße 146
16515 Oranienburg
Tel.: +49 (0)3301 850-2506
humanrights [at]


Tuesday 16 October 2018

8:30 Registration

9:00 Welcome addresses

9:30 Introduction Prof. Ralf Alleweldt, Professor for Constitutional and European Law, Brandenburg University of Applied Police Science

Opening Keynote Lecture

10:00 Ensuring fair treatment of persons in police custody: theory and reality
Dr. Richard Carver, Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and Governance, Centre for Development and Emergency Practice, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom (contacted)

10:45 Discussion

11:30 Coffee break

12:00 Parallel Workshops

Workshop 1: Fundamental safeguards against ill-treatment

  • Mr Krassimir Kanev, Chairperson, Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, Sofia, Bulgaria: Fundamental safeguards against ill-treatment: good practices and challenges.
  • Mr Hartmut Seltmann, former Polizeidirektor (police commissioner) / Ms. Christina Hof, Operations Manager, National Agency for the Prevention of Torture, Wiesbaden, Germany: The practical challenge of respecting fundamental safeguards during the G20 summit in Hamburg, July 2017.

Workshop 2: Police capacity building and the prevention of ill-treatment

  • Ms Hanna Meyer, Adviser, Police Programme Africa, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Berlin: Achieving more professional policing and better human rights protection: the GIZ Police Programme Africa in Nigeria
  • Ms Cristina Sganga, Independent Expert on Human Rights, London, United Kingdom

Workshop 3: Investigative interviewing and human rights

  • Dr Asbjørn Rachlew, Police superintendent, Oslo police district, Guest researcher, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Oslo, Norway
  • Ms Frances Surmon-Böhr, PhD candidate, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

13:30 Lunch break

14:30 Parallel Workshops 1-3 (continued)

16:00 Opportunity to visit the Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum

20:00 Dinner in Berlin


Wednesday 17 October 2018

9:15 Parallel Workshops

Workshop 4: Mobilising potentials and strengths within police organisations to realise human rights

  • Mr Walter Suntinger, Human Rights Consultant and Trainer, Vienna, Austria
  • Mr Moritz Birk, Senior Researcher and Head of Team 'Human Dignity and Public Security' , Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, Vienna, Austria

Workshop 5: International peace missions and the prevention of ill-treatment: specific challenges

  • Ms Judith Thorn, Research Assistant, Chair for Public Law and International Law, University of Giessen, Associate Fellow, Frankfurt Peace Research Institute, Germany
  • Mr William O’Neill, Independent Consultant on Human Rights, Refugees and Rule of Law, New York, United States

Workshop 6: National Preventive Mechanisms: experiences, success stories, problems

  • Mr Jean-Sébastien Blanc, Detention Monitoring Adviser, Association for the Prevention of Torture, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Ms Audrey Olivier Muralt, Director of Regional Programmes, Association for the Prevention of Torture, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Mr Nika Kvaratskhelia, Head of the Department of Prevention and Monitoring (NPM unit), Office of the Public Defender, Tbilisi, Georgia

10:45 Coffee break

11:15 Parallel Workshops 4-6 (continued)

12:45 Lunch break

13:45 Reports from workshops to the plenary; general discussion

15:15 Coffee break

Closing Keynote Lecture

15:45 Strategies for ensuring fair treatment of persons in police custody: past, present and future
Dr. Wolfgang S. Heinz, Senior Policy Adviser, German Institute of Human Rights, Berlin, Germany, Former Vice President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture

16:30 Discussion

17:15 Conclusion Ralf Alleweldt/ Walter Suntinger

17:45 End of conference



Registration fee is € 150,00 per person and includes attendance at the conference, lunch and coffee breaks.


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