ICCT Conference: Lessons from the Past, Dilemmas of the Present and Challenges for the Future: What is an ‘effective’ CT strategy

The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) invites you to attend an ICCT Conference on:

Lessons from the Past, Dilemmas of the Present and Challenges for the Future

Location: T.M.C Asser Instituut
Thursday 16 – Friday 17th May 
R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22, 2517 JN Den Haag

In the aftermath of events such as 9/11 (US), 7/7 (UK), 13/11 (Paris) and similar others, states have sought to adapt their counter-terrorism toolkit to the threat of terrorism. Domestically, certain European states have engaged in what has been described as counter-terrorism ‘legislative fever’. Simultaneously, counter-terrorism and security strategies were fervently updated to respond more effectively to the threat of terrorism – both domestically and at regional level. The swiftness in adopting and/or updating counter-terrorism measures and strategies has, however, left limited time to engage in reflection and evaluation of what makes a counter-terrorism measure or strategy effective.

On 16 and 17 May 2019, the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT – The Hague) intends to engage in such critical examination in a conference on ‘Lessons from the Past, Dilemmas of the Present and Challenges for the Future: What is an ‘Effective’ Counter-Terrorism Strategy?’.  Without trying to be all-inclusive, the event and the individual sessions aim at reflecting on various aspects of domestic and regional counter-terrorism policies, what lessons we can learn from them going forward and the bad practices to avoid for the present and future. Each individual session will feature 3 speakers and allow time for interactive discussions. Speakers from multi-disciplinary backgrounds will reflect on the following issues:

  • Countering Extremism: Freedom of Speech vs. Incitement to Terrorism (regional ECHR and EU obligations);
  • The Use of Immigration Powers such as Deprivation of Nationality in Counter-Terrorism;
  • Lessons to be learnt from ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland and the US War on Terror;
  • The Importance of Databases and Quantitative Methods in Counter-Terrorism
  • Identifying and Distinguishing between Radicalisation and Extremism;
  • Countering the Enduring Issues in the Study of Terrorism;
  • The Role of Communities and NGOs in CT and CVE;
  • Combatting Extreme and Radical Narratives Online;

The Opening Keynote on ‘What is Terrorism? What is Extremism? – Lessons from the Past’ will be provided by Professor Isabelle Duyvesteyn (Leiden University). The Closing Keynote will be provided by Renske van der Veer, Director of the International Centre of Counter-Terrorism (ICCT-The Hague).

 

Confirmed panel speakers include:

The conference is fully booked. If you would like to join, please send an email to conferencemanager@asser.nl with your motivation and your professional connection to counter terrorism. If there are cancellations, our event manager will contact you

If you are a PhD candidate, a student, a national and international expert, a member of the security services, a policy maker or a practitioner currently working in the field of counter-terrorism or aiming to, this conference is an excellent opportunity to engage comprehensively and interactively with the evolving field of counter-terrorism and counter-extremism.

Read the draft programme.

Read the full event description

The conference is fully booked. If you would like to join, please send an email to conferencemanager@asser.nl with your motivation and your professional connection to counter terrorism. If there are cancellations, our event manager will contact you.