Taking account of human rights

Pearce, Trevor and Fortune, Joyce (2002). Taking account of human rights. In: Ragsdell, G; West, D and Wilby, J eds. Systems theory and practice in the Knowledge Age: Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference of the UK Systems Society, held July 7th to 10th, 2002, at York University, UK. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum, pp. 275–282.

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Abstract

Based upon their use of the Formal System Model (FSM) to examine a range of policing activities the authors have identified one area where the model is lacking in rigour: it can fail to take sufficient account of ethical issues. This paper looks at a number of options for strengthening the FSM with respect to human rights considerations. These are: emphasising human rights legislation as an environmental disturbance; adding to the list of functions required of a purposeful system capable of operation without failure; searching for human rights as a dynamic feature embedded in the guarantee of continuity; and developing a set of heuristics. It then identifies the last of these as the most promising and identifies a set of possible heuristics.

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