A Global Lethal Force Monitor: Comparative Opportunities and Challenges

Brian Rappert*, Otto Adang, Jasper De Paepe, Abi Dymond, Marleen Easton, Thomas Probert

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Comparison across jurisdictions is one way of assessing the appropriateness of lethal force resulting from the actions of law enforcement agencies. This article sets out a vision for a global use of force monitor that can enable meaningful comparisons between law enforcement agencies. It examines some of the opportunities and challenges associated with developing such a monitor in relation to (i) the legal frameworks in place governing use of lethal force; (ii) how official state agencies record and respond to deaths; and (iii) the contexts for the use of lethal force.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-203
Number of pages17
JournalHomicide Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2023


  • accountability
  • comparison
  • data
  • law enforcement agencies
  • lethal force

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