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GISF Webcast: The Impact of Counter-terrorism Legislation on Humanitarian Operations and Security Risk Management

17 November 2014

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GISF Webcast: The Impact of Counter-terrorism Legislation on Humanitarian Operations and Security Risk Management

Counter-terrorism measures introduced by governments and international regimes post-2001 have had a significant impact on NGO operations and security risk management.

Are there simple steps which NGOs can take at programme or field level to ensure they are not prosecuted under the relevant legislation? Is supplying information as required by wither the legislation or donor counterterrorism measures contrary to EU data protection law?

In this GISF webcast, Naz Modirzadeh, (Senior Fellow, HLS-Brookings Project on Law and Security, Counter-terrorism and Humanitarian Engagement project at Harvard Law School), addresses these questions. She also deals with further practical implications of counter-terrorism measures, with a particular focus on the impact for those involved in security risk management for NGOs.

The webcast has also been divided into a playlist – skip to a topic or question you find interesting:

  • EISF Webcast: Introduction to Counter-terrorism Law
  • Counter-terrorism, civil-military co-operation and the humanitarian imperative
  • How do NGOs avoid prosecution under counter-terrorism legislation?
  • Counter-terrorism legislation and Islamic humanitarian organisations
  • Counter-terrorism legislation exemptions: Humanitarian and development organisations
  • Counter-terrorism legislation and EU Data Protection Law – is there a clash?


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