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The Police and the Public

December 11, 2020

2020 Lund Debate

Protests against racism and police violence crescendoed in the United States and around the world in 2020. In the United States and internationally, how can we balance social justice, accountability, and personal freedom with demands for order and security? 

This December 2020 Lund Critical Debate brought together the United Nations’ police commissioner and a noted expert on political conflict resolution to discuss strategies—both inside and outside the policing framework—for public safety and law enforcement. The conversation addressed current questions around security and policing, including political violence, racial injustice and Black Lives Matter, and global responses to unlawful use of force.


Luís Carrilho, United Nations Police Adviser

He has served since November 2017 as police commissioner and director of the UN’s Police Division. He previously served as the police commissioner in multidimensional United Nations peacekeeping operations in Timor Leste, Haiti, and the Central African Republic.

Christian Davenport, Department of Political Science and Public Policy, University of Michigan

His research focuses on racism, social movements, and political conflict, including human rights violations, genocide, torture, political surveillance, and civil war. His most recent book is The Peace Continuum: What It Is and How To Study It (Oxford University Press, 2018).

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