Over the past decade, the rule of law has increasingly become a central organizing principle or objective for many UN peace and security efforts. In multilateral efforts to prevent and counter terrorism, the rule of law is both an objective of many activities as well as a means through which to counter the appeal of terrorism.
CGCC hosted a roundtable to explore areas of convergence between rule of law and counterterrorism efforts at the United Nations. Speakers included: Edric Selous, Rule of Law Unit, Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General; Marta Requena, Terrorism Prevention Branch, UN Office on Drugs and Crime; David Scharia, Legal and Criminal Justice Group, UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate; Denise Lifton, UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force; Odd Berner Malme, Norwegian Police Directorate; Howard Wachtel, Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the UN; and Peter Romaniuk, John Jay College and CGCC. The panels were moderated by Alix Boucher, Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation, and participants included member state diplomats, civil society, and experts.
During the roundtable, participants explored current UN efforts to address the rule of law and counterterrorism, shared insights from field research and law enforcement practitioners, and considered how complementary initiatives such as the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) might support, and be supported by, ongoing UN efforts.