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2015 Summer Programme on Countering Terrorism


From 24 - 28 August 2015, ICCT and the T.M.C. Asser Instituut convene the fifth Advanced Summer Programme on Countering Terrorism: Legal Challenges and Dilemmas.

Scope & Objectives

During this Summer Programme, participants and lecturers will search together for and discuss long-term, effective, international rule of law based strategies and measures in countering today’s terrorism.

Topics that will be discussed include the scope and limitations of armed conflict while countering terrorism, the interplay between international humanitarian law and international human rights law, as well as the use of drones and targeted killings more generally. In addition, the role of the intelligence community, the police and prosecutors in counter-terrorism, on both the domestic level and the level of the international tribunals, will be addressed. Considerable attention will also be paid to the legal measures in countering the foreign (terrorist) fighters phenomenon, with which a growing number of states is struggling and which will likely remain with us for the years to come.

Target Audience

The programme is tailored towards policymakers from the international, national and local level working on counter-terrorism issues, as well as other counter-terrorism professionals working at think-and-do tanks, international organisations, universities and the criminal justice sector, who want to expand their knowledge of the underlying legal tenets and dilemmas in countering terrorism.

Practical Information

Date: 26 - 30 August 2013 Organiser: T.M.C. Asser Instituut & ICCT Fee: € 1,695 Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut Address: R.J. Schimmelpenincklaan 20-22 City: The Hague Country: The Netherlands Brochure & Flyer Update 1: Speaker Prof. Richard English Update 2: Experiences from Alumni Faisal Wando (Programme Officer SAVE Project, Nigeria) Update 3: Targeted Killings and the Use of Drones as a Counter-Terrorism Measure Update 4: Study Visit to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) Update 5: Judge Sir David Baragwanath on "Defining Terrorism under International and Domestic Laws" Update 6: Study Visit to Eurojust Update 7: High Level Panel on "The Dilemmas Involved in Countering Terrorism through the Internet: What's at Stake?"

Registration*  You can register by completing the online application form. The deadline for application is 13 July 2015. *Please read the Registration Information & Conditions carefully before registration.


For more information or questions on the content of the summer programme, please contact Asser's Education Department at For all other queries, email