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Human Rights Compliant Policing: Investigative Interviewing

Interviewing is a core task in law enforcement and how the police conduct interviews has a profound impact on the outcome and fairness of the subsequent criminal proceedings. This seminar will discuss the applicability of investigative interviewing in counter-terrorism efforts, discuss how it can serve as a remedy against ill-treatment, and illustrate the psychology behind this approach.

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Illustration photo: UNPOL officers on mission in South Sudan. (Photo: UN Photo). 

Main speaker will be Detective sergeant Richard Kempshall, from the SO15, the Counter Terrorism Command under the London Metropolitan police. Joining him on stage are police superintendents Dr. Ivar Fahsing and Dr. Asbjørn Rachlew. Both were key actors in bringing this research-based model for interviewing to Norway.


  • Richard Kempshall, Detective sergeant, London Metropolitan police, Counter terrorism Command
  • Police Superintendent Dr. Ivar Fahsing from the Police University College in Oslo.
  • Police Superintendent Dr. Asbjørn Rachlew from the Oslo Police District. 

Moderator: Knut Asplund, Head Rule of Law at International departement at Norwegian Centre for Human Rights

The investigative interviewing model

Within the human rights framework, the police’s performance is key to upholding the human rights of victims, witnesses and suspects. During criminal investigations, arrests and interrogations, the risk of committing human rights violations is particularly high.

Mistreatment of people in custody and coercion of suspects with the aim of making them confess are still commonplace. The Investigative Interviewing model seeks to replace coercive interrogation techniques, with a more effective and human rights compliant alternative. Is this method equally applicable when facing the most serious crimes?

The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights is currently involved in developing a manual on investigative interviewing for Police under UN command. 

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Tags: UNPOL, KREATIV, Investigative interviewing, Rule of Law, International Department, Human Rights
Published Nov. 19, 2019 11:48 AM - Last modified Dec. 5, 2019 3:34 PM