Tanya Mehra LL.M
Tanya Mehra LL.M is Senior Project Leader at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague. With a background in international law Tanya is involved in providing evidence-based policy advice, setting up capacity building projects, advising governments on CT legislation and knowledge dissemination in the form of seminars, workshops or expert meetings. Previously she worked at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut where she was engaged with setting up and 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 laws and the foreign terrorist fighter phenomenon. 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 has been involved in a number of projects, including the Curriculum Development for the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law in Malta, ICCT/Asser’s Rule of Law Project “Protection and Use of Intelligence Information and Witnesses in Terrorism-Related Court Cases” and the Project on “Foreign Terrorist Fighters” aimed at developing tailor-made workshops addressing the challenges posed by the growing number of foreign terrorist fighters. From 2015 until 2017 Tanya has been responsible for providing substantive support to the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) Working Group on ‘Foreign Terrorist Fighters’ where she has been involved in drafting the Addendum to The Hague-Marrakech Memorandum on Good Practices for a More Effective Response to the FTF Phenomenon, with a focus on Returning FTFs and setting up a state-of-the-art knowledge hub on foreign terrorist fighters, publishing analytical papers and other working documents. Currently, she also works as a senior consultant to United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (UNCTED) on a project developing global guidelines to facilitate the collection of information and evidence by military within a rule-of-law framework and is – together with GCTF Criminal Justice and Rule of Law (CJ-ROL) Working Group Co-Chairs – Nigeria and Switzerland – responsible for developing Recommendations on the Collection, Use and Sharing of Evidence for Purposes of Criminal Prosecution of Terrorist Suspects.
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).
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