Mike Smith was until July 2013, Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, a position he held for more than 5 years. Prior to that he was Australia’s Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism. From 2002 to 2006, Mike Smith was Australia’s Permanent Representative to the UN and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. Amongst other responsibilities over this period, in 2004 he was elected Chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, one of the most demanding chairing positions in the multilateral system. For most of the period 1998 to 2002, Mike Smith was Chief of Staff to the Australian Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer. Earlier he served as Australia’s Ambassador to Algeria and Tunisia, (1989 – 1991) and to Egypt, Sudan and Algeria (1995 – 1998).
On April 27 2018, a Europol press release announced that new action was underway to disrupt ISIS’ ability to spread its propaganda online. The press release referred to an operation that commenced two days earlier, which was led by the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s Office and coordinated with six European countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, France, the Netherlands, […]
The first op-ed in this trilogy looked at how courts in Syria and Iraq can bring terrorists to justice, whereas the second op-ed looked at the prosecution by foreign national courts. This op-ed will examine how evidence can be collected in a post-ISIL landscape for prosecution purposes. In order to bring terrorists to justice within […]
In this Policy Brief, Dr. Lorne Dawson offers six key considerations on foreign fighters in light of the decline of ISIS.