Ethnic Profiling and Counter-Terrorism in European Human Rights Regime

Mahaarum Kusuma Pertiwi,

(1) Universitas Gadjah Mada


This essay will analyze the European Union framework of ethnic profiling in the aim of combating terrorism that will be contrasted to the principle of non-discrimination that is fundamental in the European regime of Human Rights. Research question in this essay is whether the European human rights regime consistently holds the principle of non-discriminatory in justifying the use of ethnic profiling in combating terrorism.


Ethnic Profiling, Terrorism, Non-Discrimination

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