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.
In 2014, Theresa May, then Home Secretary, presented to Parliament a series of Impact Assessments examining the benefits for the United Kingdom of continuing its participation within the European Union’s security and policing arrangements such as Europol, the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) and the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II). The conclusions reached were […]
Over the course of recent weeks, the Islamic State (IS) announced that it had established a new province in India, the wilayah of Hind, after attacks on security forces in the Kashmir region. IS has also been responsible for an uptick of attacks in Pakistan under the auspices of the wilayah of Pakistan. The attacks […]
When troops of the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” conquered areas of northern Iraq in August 2014, they turned against the religious minorities in the region, particularly against the Yazidis, with extreme brutality. Many men were executed; women and children were kidnapped and often systematically raped. IS specifically targeted children and adolescents, who were torn away from […]