CGCC and the New York University (NYU) School of Law co-hosted a conference to share and discuss the findings of a study on counterterrorism policing conducted by Stephen Schulhofer, Tom Tyler, and Aziz Huq. The study found that the perception of fairness and due process are the main determinants of an individual’s willingness to voluntarily cooperate with law enforcement on issues related to terrorism and counterterrorism. Consequently, the researchers emphasized the importance of developing cooperative relationships between law enforcement and communities, and deepening community engagement efforts by ensuring that counterterrorism efforts conform to the rule of law.
Participants included representatives from Belgium, Israel, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and the New York City Police Department (NYPD), the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), the African Centre for Studies and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), and the Council of the European Union.
Participants considered the study’s application to enhancing the effectiveness of counterterrorism policing and countering violent extremism (CVE) programs. They also shared good practices and lessons learned and consider how these can strengthen national and multilateral responses to security challenges. A lunchtime panel open to the wider community of diplomats, UN officials and experts was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Turkey where Senior Analyst Naureen Chowdhury Fink (CGCC) moderated a discussion of these issues between Gary LaFree (START), Stephen Schulhofer (NYU), Fatih Ozgul (Turkish National Police) and David Scharia (UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate).