Advanced Summer Programme on Countering Terrorism within a Rule of Law Framework

27 - 31 August 2018
  • Starts at: 09:30h
  • Fee: 1695
  • Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
  • Organiser: T.M.C. Asser Instituut and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT)
  • Address: R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
    2517 JN The Hague
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The Advanced Summer Programme on Countering Terrorism within a Rule of Law Framework is co-organised by the Asser Institute and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) and seeks to provide a comprehensive understanding of legal aspects of counter-terrorism.

In its Resolution 2396 of 21 December 2017, the United Nations Security Council reaffirmed that ‘terrorism poses a threat to international peace and security and that countering this threat requires collective efforts on national, regional and international levels on the basis of respect for international law’, and that ‘States must ensure that any measures taken to counter terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights law, international refugee law, and international humanitarian law’.

This Advanced Summer Programme 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 academia and practice will explore (international) legal aspects of counter-terrorism and provide key insights into current issues and best practices.

The programme covers a wide range of topics (including the definition of terrorism in international and domestic law, legal limits to military responses to terrorism, criminal justice responses to terrorism, evidentiary issues and other prosecutorial challenges, administrative and security measures), and comports various types of activities (including lectures, interactive sessions, study visits, group discussions, panel presentations).


List of speakers:

See full programme here.  

High Level Panel 
The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) is organising a high-level panel titled “The Use of International Terrorism Watch Lists”. This panel traditionally takes place at the end of the Advanced Summer Programme on Countering Terrorism within a Rule of Law Framework. This High Level Panel brings together four experts to discuss the practical and human rights implications of the requirements contained in the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2396 (2017). For more information on the programme and the confirmed speakers see:

Two Programmes for a Discounted Price
Prior to this summer programme, participants have the opportunity to enrol in a complementary summer programme that focuses on preventing violent extremism. This programme is organised by the Centre for Professional Learning of Leiden University and ICCT. Participants who wish to register for both summer programmes (preventing violent extremism organised by Leiden University and Rule of Law organised by the Asser Institute) can do so for a discounted price of €2995. Please contact if you wish to register for the combined summer programme discount package. 

Participants to this Summer Programme will:

  • Gain a solid understanding of the different legal challenges and underlying dilemmas when adopting and implementing counter-terrorism measures
  • Be provided with tools and best practices to effectively prevent and combat terrorism within a rule of law framework
  • Explore both theoretical and practical aspects of counter-terrorism with high-level speakers
  • Have unique networking opportunities with speakers and participants from diverse backgrounds.

Target Audience
This Summer Programme is designed for policy makers, policy/legal advisers, diplomats, security officials, and other practitioners in the field of counter-terrorism who wish to gain a comprehensive understanding of legal aspects of counter-terrorism. Other professionals as well as (academic) researchers who wish to expand or update their knowledge of counter-terrorism within a rule of law framework are also invited to apply.


  • To register for the summer programme, please click on the register button above to fill out the form.

Please read the Registration Information & Conditions carefully before registration. 

€ 1695
€ 2995 (Discounted price for both programmes: Asser Institute and Leiden University)

The fee includes lectures, study materials, study visit(s), refreshments, welcome drinks, closing lunch and a reception. 
The fee does not cover (international) travel costs, travel to and from airports, (hotel) accommodation, insurance or other expenses. The T.M.C. Asser Instituut can provide participants with a list of suitable hotels in The Hague.

This established Summer Programme takes place since 2011 in The Hague, the International City of Peace and Justice, at the Asser Institute, Centre for International and European Law.