The Global Challenges of Policing a Diverse Society

Free to Attend

Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Dr Ozcan Keles

Dr Ozcan Keles

Chairperson of the Dialogue Society

Ozcan is a non-practising Barrister and member of the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn. He is the Chairperson of the Dialogue Society since 2008; was the Executive Chairperson of the same organisation between 2008 and 2014; the Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed biannual academic Journal of Dialogue Studies since 2014 and a full-time PhD candidate in the sociology of human rights at the University of Sussex. Between 2006 and 2009 he was a research student with Prof Kevin Boyle at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex, where he held the Scholarship Award of 2006. Ozcan was called to the Bar in 2005 after successfully completing the Bar course at the Inns of Court School of Law. He obtained his LLM in Human Rights Law from SOAS, University of London, in 2002.

Ozcan Keles, Director of the Dialogue Society participated in the Conference as panellist for two separate panels. During the Plenary Discussion entitled ‘The Global Challenges of Policing a Diverse Society’ Ozcan explained the basis of the Deradicalisation by Default approach.

He explained that: “The process of deradicalisation cannot make deradicalisation its objective, since doing so automatically renders it reactive to the “other” and causes it to loose essential characteristics necessary for its success. A second flaw of making deradicalisation an objective in itself is that doing so means to inadvertently glorify the radicals and extremists. The size of the mechanism put in play to defeat extremists only feeds the martyrdom complex of such individuals and helps channel sympathy towards them.

Deradicalisation can only be achieved if it is the default outcome of a project which is positive and proactive and therefore sets its own agenda,” before providing further detail about this approach.