Abigail Thorley

Abigail became a Junior Researcher at the ICCT in September 2022, following the completion of her internship for the Rule of Law programme which started in March 2022. She holds a BA(Hons) in International Justice with a minor in Languages from Leiden University College. Abi graduated cum laude from the Public International Law LL.M. at Leiden University in August 2021, having written her thesis on the classification of ‘unlawful combatants’ in situations of armed conflict. During her studies, she represented Leiden University at the 2021 Frits Kalshoven International Humanitarian Law Competition where she received first prize alongside her team for their performance in role plays, moot courts, and lectures applying their knowledge of IHL.

Prior to joining the team at ICCT, Abi worked as a Community Manager for PLNT, an entrepreneur hub in the Hague, where her role focused on developing and organising a programme to get students involved with entrepreneurship. Alongside her internship, Abi is a group fitness instructor in the Hague, teaching classes such as Bodycombat and Les Mills Core. Her personal research interests include the role of women in terrorist-related offences, foreign fighters, and responsibility for the extraordinary rendition programme.

Key ICCT Publications:

Mehra, T., Wentworth, M., and Thorley, A. The European Court of Human Rights Sitting on the Fence?: Its Ruling and Impact on the Repatriation of European Children from North-East Syria. Perspective, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, 16 September 2022

Mehra, T., and Thorley, A. Foreign Fighters, Foreign Volunteers and Mercenaries in the Ukrainian Armed Conflict. Perspective, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, 11 July 2022