Tanya Mehra LL.M
Tanya Mehra LL.M is Senior Project Leader/Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague. With a background in international law Tanya is involved in conducting research, providing evidence-based policy advice, advising governments on a rule of a law approach in countering terrorism. Previously she worked at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut where she was engaged with conducting needs assessment missions, capacity building projects and training activities.
Tanya’s main areas of interest are international (criminal) law and rule of law approaches in countering terrorism, with a special focus on accountability of terrorism-related crimes, human rights implications of countering terrorism approaches. Other topics of interests include the repatriation of foreign terrorist fighters, military evidence and the use of administrative measures in counter-terrorism context. She works closely with policy makers, judges, prosecutors and other actors of the criminal justice sector as well as international organisations such as UN CTED and GCTF.
At ICCT, Tanya is currently leading a project exploring the criminal justice responses to the linkage between terrorism, transnational organized crimes and international crimes, developing a training and policy kit on a RoL base use of administrative measures within a CT context and involved in a research project exploring the trafficking of small arms and lights weapons as source of financing for terrorist organisations.
Recently she worked as a senior consultant to UN CTED on developing global guidelines to facilitate the collection of information and evidence by military within a rule-of-law framework and under auspices of – GCTF Criminal Justice and Rule of Law (CJ-ROL) Working Group Co-Chairs – Nigeria and Switzerland – responsible for developing the Abuja Recommendations on the Collection, Use and Sharing of Evidence for Purposes of Criminal Prosecution of Terrorist Suspectsand on the Glion Recommendations on a Rule of Law based Use of Administrative Measures in a CT context.
Mehra, T., Paulussen C., The Repatriation of Foreign Fighters and Their Families: Options, Obligations, Morality and Long-Term Thinking, March 2019
Mehra, T., Bringing (Foreign) Terrorist Fighters to Justice in a Post-ISIS Landscape Part III: Collecting Evidence from Conflict Situations, Perspectives, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, June 2018.
Bos, Walle, Bibi van Ginkel and Tanya Mehra. “Capacity-Building Challenges: Identifying Progress and Remaining Gaps in Dealing Foreign (Terrorist) Fighters.” The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 9 (2018).
Mehra, T., Bringing (Foreign) Terrorist Fighters to Justice in a Post-ISIS Landscape Part II: Prosecution by Foreign National Courts, Perspectives, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, January 2018.
Mehra, T., Bringing (Foreign) Terrorist Fighters to Justice in a Post-ISIS Landscape Part I: Prosecution by Iraqi and Syrian Courts, Perspectives, International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, December 2017.
Foreign Terrorist Fighters: Trends, Dynamics and Human Rights Implications, Mehra T., Security and Human Rights, Volume 27, Issue 1-2, 2017, pages 148 – 186.
Mehra, T. “Foreign Terrorist Fighters: Trends, Dynamics and Policy Responses”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (2016).
This policy brief provides an overview of the sociological issues underpinning the issues of far right and Islamist reciprocal or cumulative radicalisation in the Western European context. That is, these groups radicalise each other by mutually reinforcing their hate, intolerance, or indignation towards each other. The nature of reciprocal radicalisation between far right and Islamist […]
Writing in 1992, noted terrorism scholar David Rapoport remarked that nearly 90% of terrorist groups lasted less than one year. Subsequent scholarship on terrorist group longevity has similarly noted the short average lifespan of the vast majority of such groups. Why then—more than three decades after it was originally founded—has al-Qaeda been able to enjoy […]
Introduction In the past months, there has been considerable discussion about whether or not foreign fighters and their families currently detained in camps in Syria should be repatriated. An often-heard justification in Western Europe not to opt for repatriation is the fact that prosecution of the adults will often lead to light sentences and thus […]