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Lecture “The Judicial Response to Foreign Terrorist Fighters” by Michèle Coninsx

26-09-2016 at 20:00 - 21:00


In recent years, terrorist groups have become ever more prominent, shocking the world with an array of new attacks and techniques. The number of foreign fighters joining terrorist groups in Syria, such as ISIS or Jabhat al-Nusra, has increased considerably from hundreds to thousands. Many will eventually or have already returned to their home countries, in Europe or elsewhere, radicalised and with intentions of carrying out terrorist attacks. This has caused great concern and fear among specialists and citizens worldwide. National authorities are faced with complex practical and legal issues in their efforts to successfully bring suspected terrorists to justice and secure convictions.

Michèle Coninsx

Michèle Coninsx

In this light, Michèle Coninsx, President of the EU’s judicial co-operation body, will enlighten us on the challenges for the EU Member States to deal with the unprecedented terrorist threat, with dismantling terror recruitment networks, and with tackling radicalisation. How are governments and the EU responding? Are they doing all they can? How important is the judicial dimension? All questions are to be answered during tonight’s lecture, organized by the Introduction Committee. This event is open to all.

Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust and Chair of Eurojust’s Counter-Terrorism Team, has years of first-hand experience in the fight against terrorist groups and extensive knowledge on their modus operandi. Furthermore, having worked as a public prosecutor, Ms. Coninsx not only gained extensive experience in the prosecution of terrorists, but also in the trial of Colombian drug cartels and serial killers. She is well placed to give a solid insight into the current state of affairs. Don’t miss out on this highly interesting lecture!

Eurojust is fighting organised and serious cross-border crime, including terrorism, by facilitating coordination of investigations and prosecutions for EU Member States.


20:00 - 21:00
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Introduction Committee


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