International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) - The Hague

General introduction

The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) – The Hague is an independent knowledge centre that focuses on information creation, collation and dissemination pertaining to the preventative and international legal aspects of counter-terrorism.

The core of ICCT’s work centres on such themes as de- and counter-radicalisation, human rights, impunity, the rule of law and communication in relation to counter-terrorism. Functioning as a nucleus within the international counter-terrorism network, ICCT – The Hague endeavours to connect academics, policymakers and practitioners by providing a platform for productive collaboration, practical research, exchange of expertise and analysis of relevant scholarly findings. By connecting the knowledge of experts to the issues that policymakers are confronted with, ICCT – The Hague contributes to the strengthening of both research and policy. Consequently, avenues to new and innovative solutions are identified, which will reinforce both human rights and security. 

Thematic Pillars

Two major themes dominate ICCT’s agenda:

1. The international legal aspects of counterterrorism and the question of impunity of alleged terrorists. Issues such as the prosecution of international terrorists and the judicial mechanisms that are necessary to that end will be addressed by the centre leading to recommendations and input for policies and procedures. As a result, situations such as we have witnessed in Guantanamo Bay may hopefully be prevented in the future.
2. The analysis of factors contributing to the choice made by individuals or groups to employ political violence. Answers to the question why people utilise violence in order to achieve their political goals can be the starting point of a solution. Only then can measures be taken to prevent these individuals and groups from resorting to violent action.

 

Connecting Experts, Policymakers and Practitioners

The core of ICCT’s work centres on such themes as de- and counter-radicalisation, human rights, impunity, the rule of law and communication in relation to counter-terrorism. Functioning as a nucleus within the international counter-terrorism network, ICCT – The Hague endeavours to connect academics, policymakers and practitioners by providing a platform for productive collaboration, practical research, exchange of expertise and analysis of relevant scholarly findings. By connecting the knowledge of experts to the issues that policymakers are confronted with, ICCT – The Hague contributes to the strengthening of both research and policy. Consequently, avenues to new and innovative solutions are identified, which will reinforce both human rights and security.

 

Founding Institutions

The centre is a result of an initiative originating in the Dutch parliament and will, in its nascent years, receive financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ICCT – The Hague is supported and nurtured by a unique partnership comprising three renowned institutions based in The Hague; the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations 'Clingendael' and the Centre for Terrorism & Counterterrorism of Campus The Hague / Leiden University.

ICCT – The Hague is, however, an independent centre; its activities and views are independent of any public or private bodies and the centre is not connected to any political party, denominational group or ideological movement.

 

Who's who?

Drs. Peter B.M. Knoope – Director, e-mail: pknoope@icct.nl
Eelco J.A.M. Kessels MA - Programme Manager, e-mail: ekessels@icct.nl

Research Fellows:

Dr. Edwin Bakker, e-mail: ebakker@icct.nl
Dr. Quirine Eijkman, e-mail: qeijkman@icct.nl
Bibi van Ginkel LL.M., e-mail: bvanginkel@icct.nl
Dr. Beatrice de Graaf, e-mail: bdegraaf@icct.nl
Dr. Peter J. van Krieken, email: pvankrieken@icct.nl
Joseph Powderly LL.M., e-mail: jpowderly@icct.nl
Dr. Olivier Ribbelink, e-mail: oribbelink@icct.nl

Contact information

Postal address
P.O. Box 13228
2501 EE The Hague, The Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)70 - 30 21 070

Email: info@icct.nl
Website: www.icct.nl