Confronted with an increasing concern over homegrown terrorism, a focus on prevention and strengthening the criminal justice response to terrorism has become an increasing priority. CGCC hosted this event in which discussants offered practical ideas and insights on how to deal with this relatively new field of jurisprudence. Panelists were Javier Zaragoza Aguado, Chief Counter-Terrorism Prosecutor of the Kingdom of Spain; Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin, Chief of the Terrorism Prevention Branch, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC); Mike Smith, Executive Director, UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate; and Todd Hinnen, Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice. UNODC presented its latest tool to strengthen the legal regime against terrorism, its Digest of Terrorist Cases. Panelists also explored the links between terrorism and other forms of crime, especially drug trafficking and organized crime, pointing out the need for more-stringent coordination of investigative and prosecutorial strategies.
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