Prof. Martin Scheinin
Martin Scheinin is a Finnish professor of International Law and Human Rights at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and former UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism (2005 – 2011). Furthermore, he is President of the International Association of Constitutional Law. He is a former member of the Human Rights Committee (1997 – 2004) and the former Director of the Abo Akademi Institute for Human Rights (1998 – 2008). As UN Special Rapporteur on the protection of human rights while countering terrorism, Scheinin gave recommendations to governments on inter alia the right to a fair trial in the context of prosecuting terrorist suspects, the protection of economic, social and cultural rights in the context of countering-terrorism, refugee protection, profiling and definitions of terrorism. Currently, he is the leader of the EU-funded research projectSurveillance: Ethical Issues, Legal Limitations and Efficiency.
Introduction On 10 June, twelve French and two Dutch orphans of Islamic State fighters were repatriated from Syria to France. This followed the earlier repatriation of five orphans from Syria to France in mid-March of this year; a three year old girl whose mother was sentenced to life imprisonment in Iraq was also returned […]
In the past several years, the United States has witnessed a concerning rise in far-right extremism and terrorist violence. Attackers in Oak Creek, Charleston, and Pittsburgh emerged from an increasingly emboldened radical right, which has grown in size and ambition in recent years. The Atomwaffen Division—a small, neo-Nazi terrorist organisation—is part of this movement. This […]
On the night of 26 November 2008, ten Kalashnikov-wielding terrorists attacked Mumbai. They stuck simultaneously at five locations, shooting dead 140 Indians and 25 foreign tourists. American and British passport-holders were executed in two luxury hotel complexes. At a Jewish cultural centre, Israeli nationals were tortured before being killed. A fourth location, a café frequented […]