The dark side of combatting terrorism

12.03.2021 11:00 - English

Alida R. Steigler (LawTransform), Jette F. Christensen (European Council) and Gökhan Sen (LawTransform).


The dark side of combatting terrorism through an American example, focusing on the question of state security.

Terrorism as a phenomenon derives its strength from persistent social imbalance. The key question asked in this event though is how states respond to this threat?
In the course of seminar we deal with issues related to the prevention of terrorism, especially the “dark side” of prevention, i.e. how the state itself can become a “terrorist” party in order to protect itself and its citizens. Since with regard to the terrorist act, not only the terrorist acts may violate human rights, but also the defending states by exploiting their executive, judicial or coercive monopolies, for example by limiting the guarantees of criminal proceedings.

In this seminar Alida R. Steigler will look at how states should apply the wide range of different tools at their disposal when combatting terrorism, so as to not undermine fundamental human rights irreparably, as this is what can differentiate them morally from their opponents.

Alida’s presentation will be followed by a discussion with Jette F. Christensen, moderated by Gökhan Sen.

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Alida R. Steigler
has a master’s degree in Law from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest (Hungary) with an additional module acquired in Criminal Law. Previously she studied at the University of Bergen for a year as an exchange student. She is currently an intern at LawTransform.

Jette F. Christensen is a member of the Parliament of Norway since 2010, now in Utenriks- of forsvarskomiteen, member of European Council and their representative to the Venice Commission. She has studied Political Science at the University of Bergen.

Gökhan Sen
is a visiting researcher at LawTransform. He has a PhD in Law from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Gökhan taught constitutional law for several years in Turkey. He also spent one year at University of Geneva, Switzerland as a guest researcher and took part as a Research fellow in “Research Lab: Constitutional Politics in Turkey” funded by University of Humboldt Berlin-Germany.

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Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen

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