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Call for papers - CEPOL Research & Science Conference

The CEPOL 2016 Annual Police Research and Science Conference in the topic "Global trends in law enforcement training and education" in the co-organisation of the European Police College (CEPOL) and the National University of Public Service (NUPS) will be held on 5-7 October 2016. Application is open for paper submission.

CEPOL 2016 Annual Police Research and Science Conference

Global trends in law enforcement training and education

Date: 5 – 7 October 2016

Venue: National University of Public Service, Ludovika square 2, Budapest, Hungary

Call for papers
Conference aim
How to participate
Important dates
Key contributors


The world of the early 21st century is truly a globalised world, due to world-spanning transport, communication and travel: goods, ideas and cultures are now shared more widely than ever before in human history. Cross-border financial investment and economic interdependence has become the normality, as well as continuous migration. Terrorism, cybercrime, financial fraud, organised criminal networks smuggling illicit drugs, firearms or people across international and global borders – there is an undeniable darker side to globalisation.

Globalisation of crime – or simply global crime – has been high on the agenda of governments, law enforcement institutions and academic scholarship for more than a decade. While there is an extensive body of analytic literature and practical guidance, less attention has been paid to the aspect of training and education of law enforcement staff and leaders in view of the process of globalisation and the global dimension of criminal acts.

The 2016 CEPOL European Police Research and Science Conference will put the focus on global trends in law enforcement training and education raising key questions under the following perspectives:

  • Is more, better, innovative training of police officers, border guards or customs agents a crucial part of the answer to the challenge of globalised crime?
  • Is law enforcement education ready for tackling crime on local, national, global level effectively?
  • How can internal and external scientific research efforts facilitate in improving training and education of law enforcement?
  • What are the major (new) trends in the training and/or education of law enforcement staff (on various hierarchy and specialisation levels) in various parts of the world and from the viewpoint of global or international organisation?
  • What are the factors leading to innovation and evolution in law enforcement training and education? Or hampering it?
  • Need reform and innovation of law enforcement training and education be thought from the top of hierarchy, or is there demand voiced by rank and file officers as well?
  • In what way has scientific research contributed so far – nationally or internationally – to define the relevant questions for empirical research or to deliver research-based answers to deal with the issues raised?

Call for papers

The conference organisers from CEPOL and the National Public Service University of Hungary are inviting papers to the conference on global trends in law enforcement training and education.

Preference is for contributions tackling the nexus of global crime and the challenges for law enforcement training and education on the global, continental or national level. Papers on cross-border cooperation and the development of European police science are considered for acceptance as well.

Law enforcement educators, specialists and leaders are encouraged to contribute in the same way as scientists and academics are invited to present their research findings.

Accepted papers will be featured in panels (max. 30 min) or presented in one of the open paper workshop sessions (15 min) during the conference.

Submissions must include the title, full name of author(s), institution and email address, keywords and abstract in English of no more than 300 words and shall be sent by email with the subject heading “paper submission” to this email address.

Deadline for submissions is 15 June 2016.

Successful applicants will be informed by 8 July 2016 at the latest.

Conference Aim

For the 13th time, the CEPOL European Police Research and Science Conference will be a platform for law enforcement officers in leading positions, police educators and trainers, as well as distinguished academic scholars and researchers for exchanging (new) research findings, educational ideas and concepts as well as for engaging in a professional and informed discussion around issues of police science, research and education.

Global trends can only be defined from an international perspective - the development and progress of scientifically sound research informing and shaping law enforcement practice or education varies across countries and forces in Europe and worldwide. Thus the organisers are seeking input from a wide circle of international institutions, countries and research projects. Not only shall the variations in training and education be addressed by the contributions to the conference but also similarities, best practices, chances and possible limitations of “global trends in law enforcement training and education”.

As in earlier CEPOL Research and Science Conference events, there will be a strong emphasis on creating dialogue and interaction among the speakers and participants.

In the course of the conference, keynotes, parallel sessions and open paper workshops will allow the presentation and discussion of institutional approaches and experiences, as well as of research projects and findings. In particular the open workshops will provide an opportunity to discuss theoretical and practical research problems, as well as European and international networking.

How to participate


Academic scholars, delegates from institutions and bodies not affiliated to CEPOL, as well as officers and officials from outside the EU and from overseas are kindly requested to pre-register by completing the online application form for external participants here:

Pre-registration online form

Once accepted, participants will receive the registration form. The capacity of the conference is limited and the organisers recommend to apply for registrations early.


The conference fee for external participants is approx. 60 EUR, covering conference materials, coffee breaks and lunches on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

There will be also a limited “conference pack” offer, including hotel accommodation booking on 4-7 October, all meals and refreshments, conference material, airport transfer and public transport.

Important dates

15 June – deadline for paper submissions

08 July – notification on paper acceptance

08 August – deadline for “conference pack”- registrations

08 September – closure of registrations

Key Contributors

Key contributions by high-profile experts and practitioners are expected from: