2021 Advanced Summer Programme: Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and the Rule of Law

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Despite a temporary respite in violent activities, terrorism remains a significant and serious threat in many countries across the globe. As states’ resources have been stretched by the global COVID-19 pandemic, terrorist organisations have sought to exploit the reduced public attention on their activities to strengthen their base and fuel divisions. In North America, Western Europe and Oceania, the threat of far-right political terrorism has been steadily rising, with an increase in far-right incidents of 250 percent between 2014-2019 (Global Terrorism Index 2020).

Although ISIL has been less active, 27 countries in the Middle East and North Africa recorded an attack by ISIL or by its affiliate groups, with Sub-Saharan Africa having been hit the hardest. Within the EU, ten people died and 27 were injured following terrorist attacks, and more than a thousand individuals were arrested on suspicion of terrorism-related offences. A further 119 ‘foiled, failed and completed’ terrorist attacks were reported by 13 EU member states (Europol).

Across the world, extremist and terrorist activities have continuously triggered an increase in security-related laws and measures. To prevent terrorism as early as possible, states have introduced limitations on freedom of speech, curbs on financial and other support and have resorted to revoking nationalities.

How proportionate and legitimate are these measures? Are they effective?

  • Fee: Early bird fee professionals €930; Regular fee professionals: €1130; PhD students fee €695.

Key topics

  • Countering terrorism and the public interest
  • Understanding extremism and radicalisation
  • Prosecuting terrorism cases in practice
  • (Permanent) conflicts and states of emergency
  • Countering the financing of terrorism
  • Cyber criminality and cyber security
  • Latest trends in the legal aspects of terrorism & counter-terrorism
  • Virtual study visits in Europol and Eurojust

Target audience

  • Practitioners
  • Diplomats
  • Academics
  • Civil service
  • Policymakers
  • PhD candidates
  • Security services
  • People working for NGOs
  • National and international experts