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Dacier: Terrorism and Law

  • A generation of invisible children

    A generation of invisible children

    Statelessness is a crucial issue nowadays and not just in the context of the refugee crisis. Children are particularly affected by the negative consequences of the deprivation of nationality. How can states take action to improve this situation?
  • Yazidi women and girls: a story of violence and neglect

    Yazidi women and girls: a story of violence and neglect

    IS is trying to destroy the Yazidi population in Syria and Iraq, targeting women and girls through sexual slavery and other crimes. The international community should intervene to ensure them a better future and bring their perpetrators to justice.
  • How jihadists prepare their jihad

    How jihadists prepare their jihad

    The increased number of Dutch foreign fighters in recent years has drawn a lot of attention and created fears of a terrorist attack. However, the Netherlands has been dealing with foreign fighters for more than a decade. What can we learn from the past?
  • Living in a world of give and take

    Living in a world of give and take

    We tend to respond to the taking away behaviour of terrorists and criminals in general by taking away even more from them, and focus as a result on what we do not want in our world. Yet it is important to shift our focus to what we actually do want.
  • Freedom of Expression: What to do with it

    Freedom of Expression: What to do with it

    PEN America was wrong in praising Charlie Hebdo as a champion of freedom of expression. Exploiting outer limits of legal rights is not the same as responsible conduct within such limits. Why offend for (almost) nothing? Fight terrorism, do not provoke it.
  • Profile me if you can

    Profile me if you can

    Profiling is a widespread practice in counter-terrorism. But is profiling as effective as it is thought to be?
  • An Embedded Freedom of Speech

    An Embedded Freedom of Speech

    The terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo has put the freedom of speech back on the agenda. If we are serious about creating a world in which there is room for everybody, we have to rethink the content of this human right, so that it can help us forward.
  • Je suis concerned about political ostrichism

    Je suis concerned about political ostrichism

    The attack on Charlie Hebdo seems to have created a window of opportunity for the Dutch government to swiftly push forward new counterterrorism measures. Are these measures driven by necessity or by other forces?
  • The Constitution as window dressing

    The Constitution as window dressing

    The Dutch government has proposed including the rule of law and the right to a fair trial in the Constitution. Recent policy proposals raise questions about the government’s commitment to these principles.
  • A Politics of Borders in a Summer of Crisis

    A Politics of Borders in a Summer of Crisis

    Due to international tensions, the current summer has been labelled as the “summer of crisis”. Politicians have responded through a language of borders, but the question arises whether such discourse is suitable to denominate contemporary conflicts.
  • Radical Times, Concerning Measures?

    Radical Times, Concerning Measures?

    The arrests of three alleged jihadists sympathizing with IS are a cause of concern to the Dutch government. Yet, should we also be concerned about some of the newly proposed measures in the cabinet’s Action Plan against Jihadism?
  • Citizenship of Jihadists

    Citizenship of Jihadists

    The fresh breeze of the Arab spring is transforming into icy storms of horror in the West.
  • Evaluating the necessity of expanded counterterrorism powers

    Evaluating the necessity of expanded counterterrorism powers

    The concluding evaluation of the Dutch Criminal Investigation of Terrorist Crimes Act gives reason to critically, yet also realistically, review the necessity of investigative powers that were extended in the anxious wake of 9/11.
  • Crouching Dragon, Hidden Terrorist?

    Crouching Dragon, Hidden Terrorist?

    The rise of counter-terrorism legislation is a worldwide phenomenon. However, China is using their counter-terrorism measures differently, perhaps even as a tool to target political dissidents and ethnic minorities.
  • Religion-related terrorism and the work of Anthony Grayling

    Religion-related terrorism and the work of Anthony Grayling

    This is about the resurgence of (radical) religion, and what this means for lawyers. I also give an impression of the work of the British philosopher A.C. Grayling who will deliver a lecture on the themes indicated in this blog in Amsterdam on August 29th.
  • Cyber security new fashion

    Cyber security new fashion

    Cyber security is the new terrorism. What terrorism and counterterrorism was just after 9/11 is now cyber security and insecurity. It would be good for citizens, government and media to learn from our experiences with terrorism and counterterrorism.
  • Interpreting Radicalism

    Interpreting Radicalism

    We often assume we understand what terrorism and radicalism mean. Our interpretations and assumptions of these concepts are at the basis of what we criminalize and condemn. However, they are not always as clear-cut as we think.
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