Courts and Counter-Terrorism Symposium

The second symposium on ‘Courts and Counter-Terrorism’ was led by Dr. Christophe Paulussen, senior researcher at the Asser Institute. In the context of counter-terrorism, what is the role and responsibility of courts, and constitutional courts in particular? In many respects, courts are the last line of defence in upholding the rule of law during times when it really matters, when society is put to the test. This symposium analyses important judgments and legislative developments in several countries (the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Finland, Italy, Turkey, China, France, Germany and Spain), with respect to the responsibility of courts, constitutional courts in particular, in the context of counter-terrorism.

  1. Courts and Counter-Terrorism: the Last Line of Defence? - Dr. Christophe Paulussen
  2. Is Travel to Syrian Warfare a Terrorist Crime? The Finnish Case - Prof. Martin Scheinin
  3. The Right to Fair Trial and the Rise of Sensitive Intelligence Evidence: Responses from the Dutch and UK Courts - Dr. Rumyana Grozdanova
  4. State Secrecy in Counterterrorism: Different Judicial Standards of Review – The Abu Omar Case before Italian Courts - Prof. Arianna Vedaschi
  5. The State of Emergency, Non-Refoulement and the Turkish Constitutional Court - Dr. Margarite Zoeteweij
  6. China’s Constitution and the People’s War on Terror - Dr. Daniel Sprick
  7. Excesses of Counter-Terrorism and Constitutional Review in France: The Example of the Criminalisation of the Consultation of Websites - Dr. Berenice Boutin
  8. The Case Law of the Bundesverfassungsgericht on Counterterrorist Measures - Dr. Benjamin Rusteberg
  9. "Passive Indoctrination" as a Terrorist Offense in Spain – A Regression from Constitutional Rights? - Dr. Laura Gómez Abeja