Law and Politics of Terrorism

3 – 14 July 2017        Send to printer

Course directors

Nevenka Tromp, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Geoffrey Nice, Inner Temple Inn, London, United Kingdom
Sonja Biserko, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights Serbia, Serbia

Course description:

The Master Class’s objective is to advance a multidisciplinary approach to international criminal justice through exploration of legal, historical, political and sociological methodologies with students of different disciplines from many countries. The multi-national faculty of lecturers includes academics with backgrounds in law, history, political science and sociology, together with politicians, practicing international lawyers and human rights activists. This Master Class addresses the new challenges humanity has been facing after the end of the Cold War 25 years ago. It explores military, political, diplomatic, humanitarian and legal responses to political violence and mass atrocities in the age of terrorism. Several case studies will be addressed: Middle East, Afganistan, the Balkans and Sri Lanka.

* Programme offer 6 ECTS Points.

The requirements are: a written report and presentation regular presence and active participation in the lectures and debates.

Application deadline is 18 March 2017


This Master Class is devised for MA, PhD and Post-PhD students in the fields of Law, History, Sociology, Politics, International Relations, Journalism, European Studies or related subjects.

Please send your application, consisting of a CV and a short motivation letter, to: geoffreynicefoundation@gmail.com

• 10 scholarships are made available by ACCESS EUROPE, a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Erasmus+ programme and the Geoffrey Nice Foundation. These scholarships will be awarded to students from Dutch universities and from universities in South East Europe (Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia). The maximum amount of any scholarship will be EUR 1000 per student. For students awarded these scholarships, the EUR 1000 will cover the IUC fee, reading material and lodging. Travel and daily expenses will need to be covered personally by students.


Applicants with no scholarship will be able to participate by paying a tuition fee that will cover the IUC fee, reading material and lodging which – for all students - is in two, three or four bed accommodation.

The tuition fee is set at EUR 1000.

If you are offered a place on the Master Class but have no scholarship, you will be kindly asked to transfer this amount – EUR 1000 - to the GNF bank account two weeks prior to the start of the Master Class on 03 July 2017, i.e. by c.o.b. Friday 16 June.


The outstanding estimated MINIMUM costs - travel and the meals - for two weeks in Dubrovnik are EUR 400 per student. These expenses are not included in the Access Europe - Erasmus+ - Geoffrey Nice Foundation scholarships.


Accommodation for all participants is at the cloister (Samostan službenica milosrđa) at Branitelja Dubrovnika Street 19, 2000 Dubrovnik. Rooms for students accommodate two, three or four participants. There is no provision of meals at the cloister; there are cooking facilities in the cloister and inexpensive cafes are nearby.


The first 25 years after the end of the Cold War have brought various security challenges for national states and the international community. The proliferation of violence - from inter-state wars, civil wars, guerrilla warfare, to terrorism - requires a whole range of mechanisms and responses.

This Master Class will deal with existing definitions of terrorism and will contrast them with other forms of political violence and warfare. The distinction will be made between armed conflict, guerrilla warfare / insurgency and terrorism. The following case studies will be discussed: (1) hybrid cases where a classical armed conflict, guerrilla warfare and terrorism go hand in hand (e.g. Syria); (2) guerrilla warfare used by insurgent groups in the protracted internal conflicts in some states of South America (e.g. Colombia); (3) terrorist attacks used as a means to destabilise Western democracies (e.g. Paris, Brussels etc.); (4) international and non-international armed conflicts (e.g. former Yugoslavia).

This Master Class will delve into these different manifestations of political violence and warfare, as well as their interaction and the responses available to confront or to deter them. The lecturers / seminar leaders – academics with backgrounds in law, history, political science and sociology, together with politicians, practising international lawyers and human rights activists – will assess the effectiveness of the different responses to these phenomena in order to identify the best possible ways forward in this increasingly complex area.


The Master Class’s objective is to advance a multidisciplinary approach to understanding political violence and the role of international criminal justice through exploration of legal, historical, political and sociological methodologies.


• The foreign fighter phenomenon and a couple of examples of how European states have responded to this phenomenon, and human rights concerns.

• The foreign fighters: “capita selecta”

• Terrorism as a means of advancing national (or nationalist) aims

• The Medium and the Message: Terrorism as Asymmetric Information Warfare?

• Is the West’s response to terrorism appropriate?

• The Balkans and Terrorism

• Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo: Legal Response to Terrorism

• The War on Terrorism“: but who is the Enemy and what is the War Zone?

• To achieve humanitarian objectives, do we need to talk to everybody?

• Military Responses to Terrorism: from Ireland, Afghanistan, Iraq to Syria

• International Security, Global Politics and the Donald Trump US Presidency

• The Deed of Commitment and fundamental humanitarian norms

• The Use of Military Force to Address Contemporary Security Challenges

• The end of the Conflict in Colombia: Peace without Justice?

• ICTY: Its History and its Legacy

• Towards an International Judiciary

• Prosecuting Slobodan Milošević at the ICTY

• Reporting war: local and international perspectives

• Is journalism the first draft of history?

• Post-Conflict Kosovo and Transitional Justice

• Background and Legitimacy of the Kosovo Special Court

• Justice and Security in the post-conflict Balkans


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Email: geoffreynicefoundation@gmail.com

Course lecturers

Sunčana Roksandić Vidlička, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Gjylieta Mushkolaj, University of Prishtina, Kosovo
Jessica Stern, Boston University, United States
Pinar Kandemir, TRT World, Turkey
Marie Ursula Kind, Geoffrey Nice Foundation, Switzerland
Nevenka Tromp, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sonja Biserko, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights Serbia, Serbia
Jamie Ben Brown, Council of Europe, France
Donald Ferencz, United Kingdom
Daniel Warner, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland
Elisabeth Decrey Warner, Geneva Call, Switzerland
Sophia Kerridge, Inner Temple Society, London, United Kingdom
Christope Paulussen, T.M.C. Asser Institut, Netherlands
Timothy Riesen, Madison Springfield Inc., United States
Jennifer Collis Price, Inner Temple Society, London, United Kingdom
Hamid Sabi, Sabi Associates, United Kingdom
Iain Bonomy, United Kingdom
Gordana Knezevic, Radio Free Europe, Czech Republic
Nicholas Vohn Vetch, Big Yellow, United Kingdom

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