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Asser Institute – Advanced summer programme on terrorism, countering terrorism and the rule of law

30 August, 2021 @ 8:00 am 3 September, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

From August 30 – September 3, 2021 , the T.M.C. Asser Instituut and ICCT in The Hague will host the eleventh Advanced summer programme on terrorism, counter-terrorism and the rule of law. In this thought-provoking summer training you will learn all there is to learn on the international and domestic legal aspects of counter-terrorism, in inspiring and interactive classes by international top speakers in the field. Sign up now.

Despite a temporary respite in violent activities, terrorism remains a significant and serious threat in many countries across the globe. As states’ resources have been stretched by the global COVID-19 pandemic, terrorist organisations have sought to exploit the reduced public attention on their activities to strengthen their base and fuel divisions. In North America, Western Europe and Oceania, the threat of far-right political terrorism has been steadily rising, with an increase in far-right incidents of 250 percent between 2014-2019 (Global Terrorism Index 2020).

Although ISIL has been less active, 27 countries in the Middle East and North Africa recorded an attack by ISIL or by its affiliate groups, with Sub-Saharan Africa having been hit the hardest. Within the EU, ten people died and 27 were injured following terrorist attacks, and more than a thousand individuals were arrested on suspicion of terrorism-related offences. A further 119 ‘foiled, failed and completed’ terrorist attacks were reported by 13 EU member states (Europol).

Across the world, extremist and terrorist activities have continuously triggered an increase in security-related laws and measures. To prevent terrorism as early as possible, states have introduced limitations on freedom of speech, curbs on financial and other support and have resorted to revoking nationalities.

How proportionate and legitimate are these measures? Are they effective?

About the programme
The 11th version of our renowned summer programme will bring you inspiring and thought-provoking lectures by leading experts in the field, interactive sessions, virtual study visits, group discussions (Chatham House Rules), panel presentations and a great, global network in the field.