EU Directive on Combating Terrorism: A Roundtable Event

At a time when EU member states are seeking new ways to protect themselves from the types of attacks experienced most recently in Paris and Brussels, it is important that measures undertaken are effective and do not undermine fundamental freedoms, human rights, and the rule of law.

This roundtable discussion will draw on expertise from practitioners, academics, and civil society ahead of upcoming trilogue negotiations between representatives of the European Parliament, European Council, and European Commission.

Please refer to the joint submission [PDF] by Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists, the Open Society Justice Initiative, and the Open Society European Policy Institute for analysis and reccomendations about the proposed directive.


  • Roisin Pillay is director of the Europe Regional Program at the International Commission of Jurists.
  • Jonathan Horowitz is a legal officer at the Open Society Justice Initiative.
  • Julia Hall is an expert on counterterrorism and human rights at Amnesty International.
  • Martin Scheinin is a professor of international law and human rights at the European University Institute and the former UN special rapporteur on counterterrorism.
  • Christophe Marchand is a lawyer on human rights and counterterrorism at the law firm Jus Cogens.
  • Kersty McCourt (moderator) is a senior advocacy advisor at the Open Society Justice Initiative.
  • Natacha Kazatchkine (moderator) is a senior policy analyst at the Open Society European Policy Institute.