Police Use of Force under International Law
Policing is commonly thought
to be governed by domestic legal systems and not international law. However, various international legal standards are shown
to have an impact in situations where police use force. Police Use of Force under International Law explores this tension
in detail for the first time. It critically reviews the use of force by law enforcement agencies in a range of scenarios:
against detainees, during protests, and in the context of counterterrorism and counterpiracy operations. Key trends, such
as the growing use of private security services, are also considered. This book provides a human rights framework for police
weaponry and protection of at-risk groups based on critical jurisprudence from the last twenty years. With pertinent case
law and case studies to illustrate the key principles of the use of force, this book is essential reading for anyone interested
in policing, human rights, state use of force or criminology.
Introduction; 1. A history of law enforcement; 2. Policing
and social and economic policy; 3. Core principles governing use of force for law enforcement; 4. Use of firearms; 5. Use
of 'less-lethal' weapons; 6. Facilitating peaceful protest and ensuring crowd safety during assemblies; 7. Use of force in
custodial settings; 8. Use of force in counterterrorism; 9. Private security and use of force; 10. Counterpiracy at sea; 11.
The first detailed description of when and how the police may use force under the international
law of law enforcement.