Northumbria University Centre for Forensic Science

Forensic DNA databases in England and the Netherlands: governance, structure and performance compared

V. Toom. New Genetics and Society, 31, pp. 311-322. (2012).


How do liberal democracies govern forensic DNA databasing? That is the question being asked in this contribution by focussing on the rules for inclusion of DNA databases in England & Wales and the Netherlands. The two different modes of governance shall be evaluated by taking into account models and ideas in each society regarding the two imperatives of ‘crime control’ and ‘due process’. Another question tentatively examined in this contribution is how these modes of governance impact the performance of national DNA databases. The analysis provided in this article argues that, when compared with the English and Welsh mode of governance, the Dutch mode of governance is more beneficial for the protection of individual rights and the effective use of resources.

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