Ethnic Profiling and Counter-Terrorism

Examples of European Practice and Possible Repercussions

By Mareile Kaufmann

This work introduces examples of ethnic profiling in European counter-terrorism and analyzes possible after-effects on a theoretical basis. Primary effects, which are generally considered positive, are contrasted with secondary effects and methodological breaches, for instance the over- and under-inclusion of a profile, substitution and negative effects on the social life of the targeted group. The implications are documented with examples taken from the European counter-terrorism context and discussed in relation to European legal standards. The discussion closes with a proportionality test.


128 pages

Publication Date: 1/26/2010
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783643104472