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.
Whereas video releases have been central to the Islamic State’s efforts to represent itself to its audiences, an extensive quantitative and qualitative study of these sources over a longer period of time is still lacking. This paper therefore provides an overview and analysis of the entire corpus of official videos released by the Islamic State […]
The former self-declared caliphate of the Islamic State (IS), once the size of Britain, has collapsed. Its attractiveness to the global jihadi movement also became evident in Germany. The German Federal Domestic Intelligence Service (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz) estimates that more than 1.050 Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs) have left Germany for Syria and Iraq of whom, to […]
This policy brief examines the role former extremists and former combatants have in countering violent extremism (CVE). ‘The former’ as a special category of actor in CVE activities, including in peacebuilding settings, has gained significant attention in recent years. Various organisations and governments have utilised formers in CVE activities yet it remains unclear if and […]