The International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ), Hedayah, the Global Center, and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism-The Hague (ICCT) jointly hosted an event focused on current prevention, prosecution, and reintegration challenges posed by the foreign terrorist fighter (FTF) threat. Speakers included H.E. Amb. Savior Borg, advisor to the foreign minister, Malta; H.E. Amb. Lana Nusseibeh, permanent representative of the UAE to the United Nations; Mr. Dominic Jeremy, international counter-extremism coordinator, United Kingdom; H.E. Amb. Piet de Klerk, special envoy for counterterrorism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands; Mr. John Carlin, assistant attorney general, National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice; Mr. Stephan Auer, director for multilateral affairs and global issues, European External Action Service; Mr. Ivo Veencamp, deputy director, Hedayah; Mr. Valerio de Divitiis, program manager, IIJ; Mr. Robert Strang, executive secretary, IIJ; Mr. Trevor M. Rajah, chief, Terrorism Prevent Branch, UNODC Division of Treaty Affairs; and Mr. Patrick Lynch, director of training and capacity building, Hedayah. The panels were moderated by Mr. Maqsoud Kruse, executive director, Hedayah, Mr. Mark Singleton, director, ICCT, and Mr. Eelco Kessels, London office director and senior analyst, Global Center.
Speakers described international efforts to address the FTF challenge while underscoring the need for rule of law and rule of law–based training for stakeholders involved in countering terrorism. These efforts are of great importance to the IIJ, whose mission is to strengthen criminal justice systems and build regional judicial, police, and other criminal justice practitioner networks to promote justice, security, and human rights. Panelists discussed the importance of sharing knowledge and good practices, although recognizing the necessity of context-specific programming. It was noted that of critical importance to a rule of law framework in addressing the FTF threat is maintaining international human rights and international humanitarian law obligations. Speakers concluded with highlighting the critical role of coordination and cooperation between practitioners and civil society in supporting reintegration efforts.