Terrorism, Countering Terrorism and the Rule of Law

26 August 2019
  • Starts at: 09:00h
  • Fee: Coming soon
  • Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
  • Organiser: T.M.C. Asser Instituut and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague
  • Address: R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
    2517 JN The Hague

This Advanced summer programme on terrorism, counter-terrorism and the rule of law is coming back for the 8th time to bring together experts, academics and policy makers from around the world working in the field of counter-terrorism. It will take place from 26 – 30 August 2019 at the Asser Institute in the Hague. 

Terrorism events such as 9/11 (US), 7/7 (UK), 13/11 (Paris) and others have triggered an increase in the security-related legislative provisions in a number of states across the world. These provisions have broadly aimed to address perceived ‘gaps’ in existing domestic legislation and security strategies to bolster states’ ability to respond to acts of terrorism. This has been done through a range of new or updated administrative and criminal law measures. In aiming to pre-empt terrorism related activities as early as feasible, states have further introduced additional preparatory and inchoate offences, curbs on financial and other support, limitations on the scope of the right to freedom speech and others. Assessing the proportionality and legitimacy of such measures is the focus of our upcoming Advanced Summer Programme on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and the Rule of Law.

The programme, co-organised by the Asser Institute and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT), offers an in-depth look at the challenges that come with adopting and implementing counter-terrorism measures while ensuring respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law. During an intensive week, experts from within academia and practice explore international and domestic legal aspects of counter-terrorism.

Last year’s programme covered a wide range of topics such as the (lack of a) definition of terrorism in international law, legal limits to military responses to terrorism, criminal justice responses to terrorism, the crime-terror nexus, evidentiary issues (including evidence collection from a battlefield) and other prosecutorial challenges, administrative and security measures. Aside from the core lectures, the course also included interactive sessions, study visits, group discussions (Chatham House Rules) and panel presentations.

The list of last years’ speakers includes:

Fee overview:
This year we offer a special PhD Fee, an Early Bird Fee and a Standard Fee.

Registration is not open yet, more information will follow soon.