Advanced Summer Programme on Countering Terrorism

24 - 28 August 2015


Legal Challenges and Dilemmas

From 24 – 28 August 2015, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague (ICCT) are organising the fifth Advanced Summer Programme on Countering Terrorrism. 

The objective of this unique Summer Programme is to explore the theoretical and more practical questions of the legality of many counter-terrorism strategies and measures. The programme aims to provoke critical thinking about such issues as:

  • Defining Terrorism under International and Domestic Laws;
  • The War Paradigm vs the Law Enforcement Paradigm;
  • The Role of International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law in Countering Terrorism;
  • Targeted Killings and the Use of Drones in Countering Terrorism: Legal, Moral, Technical and Efficiency Issues;
  • The Role of Intelligence and the Police in Countering Terrorism;
  • The Protection and Use of Witnesses in Terrorism Cases;
  • Trying Terrorists at the Domestic and International Level;
  • Legal Aspects in countering the foreign (terrorist) fighter phenomenon.

Target Audience
The programme is tailored towards policymakers from the international, national and local level working on counter-terrorism issues, as well as other counter-terrorism professionals working at think-and-do tanks, international organisations, universities and the criminal justice sector, who want to expand their knowledge of the underlying legal tenets and dilemmas in countering terrorism. It should be noted that a legal background for this course is desirable but not required. 

Programme updates


The deadline for registration has been extended. You can register up to two weeks before the start of the Summer Programme.

*Please read the Registration Information & Conditions carefully before registration (see brochure)

For more information or questions, please contact 

>> Download the flyerbrochure and provisional programme for more detailed information about the programme, the subject areas that will be covered and the terms and conditions of registration.