Ms Michèle Coninsx, the President of Eurojust, provided a presentation to students of the College of Europe on 7 January during a special event entitled One Year after Charlie Hebdo: Responding to Terror in Europe. Mr Gilles de Kerchove, the EU’s Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, and Professor Henri Labayle, Professor of Law, Université de Pau et des Pays d'Adour, Director of CDRE (Bayonne) and of the GDR Droit de l'Espace de liberté, sécurité, justice, also spoke at the event, which was chaired by Rector Jörg Monar.
Recent acts of terrorism in Europe have highlighted the need for greater cooperation among Member States. Ms Coninsx demonstrated how Eurojust is learning from and using its experience in counter-terrorism work to respond to the evolving threat, and provided an analysis of the legal and judicial challenges and the need for a European criminal policy towards foreign terrorist fighters.
During her lecture, Ms Coninsx presented an example of a terrorism case that was recently coordinated at Eurojust. This case (Operation JWEB) uncovered terrorist cells in Germany, Switzerland, the UK, Italy, Greece, Sweden, Norway, Iraq, Iran and Syria. Highlighting the ability of Eurojust to coordinate operations across multiple jurisdictions simultaneously, JWEB brought together the authorities of Italy, the UK, Norway, Finland, Germany and Switzerland in an international action day that resulted in the arrest of the suspected leaders of a terrorist organisation.
Following the presentation, the panellists had the opportunity to respond to questions from the audience.
The web stream of the lecture is now available here.
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