[Advanced summer programme] Terrorism, counter-terrorism and the rule of law

26 - 30 August 2024
  • Starts at: 09:00h
  • Fee: Student fee: €1245, Regular fee: €1795
  • Venue: Asser Institute
  • Organiser: Asser Institute and ICCT
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“Terrorism represents the denial and destruction of human rights. And so the fight against it will never succeed if we perpetuate the same denial and destruction. In fact, human rights can be the greatest weapon we have in fighting terrorism. Evidence shows that counter-terrorism efforts that are solely security-focused rather than human-rights based can inadvertently increase marginalization and exclusion, thereby perpetuating the same conditions that can lead to terrorism in the first place.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres, 19 June 2023

From Monday 26 to Friday 30 August 2024, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) will host the 14th Advanced summer programme on terrorism, counter-terrorism and the rule of law. In this thought-provoking summer training programme you will focus on the international and domestic legal aspects of countering terrorism and violent extremism, in inspiring and interactive classes by leading academics and practitioners in the field. Register now as seats are limited!

For the eighth consecutive year, the Islamic State (IS) and its affiliated groups remained the deadliest terrorist organisation globally (Global Terrorism Index 2023). Terrorist attacks became more deadly, marking the first rise in lethality rate in the last five years. Notably, the Sahel region in sub-Saharan Africa has emerged as the epicentre of terrorism, with 43% of the global fatalities linked to terrorism occurring in this region (Global Terrorism Index 2023).

In the West, ideological terrorism persists as the predominant and deadliest manifestation of terrorism. Although there has been a decrease in the overall number of attacks, the year 2022 witnessed 14 fatalities, all linked to individuals adhering to far-right views (Global Terrorism Index 2023).

The interconnected relationship between environmental decline and conflict is now evident as the majority of countries affected by terrorism are experiencing at the same time ecological degradation and climate-induced shocks (Global Terrorism Index 2023).

Across the world, extremist and terrorist activities have continuously triggered an increase in security laws and measures. To prevent terrorism and violent extremism as early as possible, states have grappled with defining terrorism and proscribing terrorist and extremist organisations, introduced early prevention mechanisms, and expanded domestic and international legal and policy toolkits to counter the ever-developing threat posed by terrorism and violent extremism.

Are these measures effective and do they take into account victims’ rights and needs? Are these measures lawful, legitimate, and proportionate to their impact on the rule of law and human rights? What are the future threats and how can be countered while respecting the rule of law and human rights?

About the programme
The 14th version of our renowned summer programme will bring you inspiring and thought-provoking lectures by leading experts in the field, interactive sessions, in-person study visits to Europol and the International Criminal Court (ICC), group discussions (under the Chatham House Rule), panel presentations and a great, global network in the field.

Key topics

  • Understanding the radicalisation of individuals and early prevention
  • Current trends in Far-Right extremism and tools for disruption and prevention
  • The rights and needs of victims of terrorism
  • Countering terrorism in the Sahel
  • Asian perspectives in countering terrorism
  • Sexual and gender based violence committed by terrorists
  • Countering terrorism and violent extremism in online spaces
  • Latest trends in the development of counter-terrorism laws and policies at the international and European level, including by the UN and the EU
  • Prosecution of terrorist acts and evidentiary challenges
  • Extremist/terrorist behaviour, patterns, and pathways to deradicalization
  • Susceptibility and social ecology: Assessing and preventing extremist and terrorist risk
  • The role of the rule of law and human rights law in countering terrorism and violent extremism
  • Study visits to Europol and the International Criminal Court 


  • Prof. Ben Saul (UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human
    Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism)
  • Dr. Joana Cook (Leiden University / International Centre for Counter-Terrorism)
  • Dr. Anne-Marie de Brouwer (IMPACT)
  • Mrs. Nirina Kiplagat (UNDP)
  • Dr. Bàrbara Molas (International Centre for Counter-Terrorism)
  • Dr. Daniel Sprick (University of Cologne)
  • Dr. Bibi van Ginkel (International Centre for Counter-Terrorism)
  • Prof. Sharon Weill (American University of Paris / Sciences Po Paris)
  • Mr. Simon Minks (Netherlands Public Prosecution Service)
  • Dr. Rumyana van Ark (TMC Asser Insituut / University of Amsterdam)
  • Dr. Chiara Graziani (Bocconi University)
  • Prof. Paul Gill (University College London)
  • Dr. Cathrine Thorleifsson (C-REX / University of Oslo)
  • Prof. Richard English (Queen’s University Belfast)
  • Prof. Helen Duffy (Leiden University)

Target audience

  • Practitioners
  • Diplomats
  • Academics
  • Civil servants
  • Policymakers
  • PhD candidates and advanced students
  • Security services
  • People working for NGOs
  • National and international experts

After successful completion of this summer school, you will receive a certificate from the T.M.C. Asser Instituut.

This programme is coordinated by Dr Niki Siampakou, joint researcher at the Asser Institute and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT). She is part of the Asser Institute's research strand 'In the public interest: accountability of the state and the prosecution of crimes'Her work focuses on the appropriate legal responses against violent extremism and terrorism, with a particular focus on (inter)national criminal justice and human rights considerations.

More information
Read the latest version of the programme here.
As seats are limited, make sure to book your seat now. For more information, please contact educationtraining@asser.nl We will get back to you in two working days.

Terms and Conditions
Please read our terms and conditions before registration.

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