Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism Masterclass

Course Overview

Over the past 20 years we have experienced changes in terrorist and extremist activity that threatens states at a global level. The most obvious example is the rise and spread of Islamist inspired groups such as Al Qaeda and Islamic State/Daesh. The fact that many Islamist groups have been proscribed/listed by the majority of the world’s states as terrorist organisations reflects how they are seen as international terrorist organisations. This does not solely apply to Islamist groups as there has been an increase in activity by extreme far-right groups (neo-Nazis) that, as seen with the Christchurch attack in March 2019 in New Zealand is also becoming an international threat with a number of states proscribing/listing extreme far-right groups as terrorist organisations. In addition to this many states also face a security threat by nationalist/political groups. While they may pose a direct threat to one state, again we have seen a rise in international support and financing of these groups.

One result of this activity is how state governments and international bodies like the Untied Nations are co-operating at international level and this includes international co-operation between states’ policing agencies and in some cases state security agencies to counter the threat these groups pose. This has included the introduction of comparable legislation and policies to enable the exchange of intelligence and evidence while ensuring that human rights legal provisions are protected.

This course will examine the current terrorist threat emanating from a variety of causes at both international and national level that leads to an understanding of how and why international bodies, state governments and their counter-terrorism agencies are working towards minimising the terrorist threat. In doing the so the course will look at legal provisions, policies and investigative practice.

Topics Include:

  • Current terrorist threat (global and national)
  • Recent developments in international bodies and states’ counter-terrorism policy
  • Proscribing/banning groups as terrorist organisations
  • Surveillance and international intelligence exchange
  • Statutory preventative measures
  • Strategies for containing and preventing violent extremism

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course the delegates will be able to:

  • Identify terrorist threats
  • Understand the complexities in both legal and practiced aspects of counter-terrorism investigations
  • Differentiate between extremist ideologies that pose a threat to that which comes under the protection fo freedom of expression
  • Conduct risk terrorist assessments to state security related to individuals and groups


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