Mr. Jos Kösters is Operations Manager at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT). Until mid-2017 he was Director of Corporate Staff of Clingendael and responsible for inter alia finances, human resources and the secretariat of the Clingendael Board of Governors. Before joining Clingendael Mr. Kösters was executive director of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC), managing projects on inter alia rule of law, legal reform, human rights and prison reform in Central and East European countries and in Turkey. He was formerly employed at the Dutch section of Amnesty International and Oxfam Novib. He graduated in international relations from the Law Faculty of Leiden University (the Netherlands). He also has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.
The previous op-ed in this trilogy looked at how courts in Syria and Iraq can bring terrorists to justice mainly on terrorist charges in their post-conflict settings. This op-ed will examine how foreign national courts can prosecute terrorist crimes that have been committed in Syria and Iraq. These crimes can constitute war crimes, crimes against […]
Now that the military defeat of the so called “Islamic State” in Iraq and in Syria is nearly complete, the international community and countries involved are faced with new challenges for the post-conflict situation. This includes restoring peace and stability, creating all-inclusive government institutions, resettling displaced communities and adopting reconciliation and rehabilitation efforts. Among these […]
For more than two decades, the EU and other donors have spent billions of euros to rebuild the Somali state and, more recently, to counter the rise of the violent Islamist group Al Shabaab. But Somalia remains a weak, if not “failed state”, and progress is nowhere near commensurate with international support. This is because […]