The Globalisation of Countering Violent Extremism Policy

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 6:30pm


A new report by the Transnational Institute, The Globalisation of Countering Violent Extremism Policy: Undermining Human Rights, Instrumentalising Civil Society, investigates whether policies designed to tackle terrorism in more intelligent and holistic ways lead to new challenges in upholding human rights and protecting civil society.

In the early 2000s, a new form of counterterrorism policy - Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) - emerged, pioneered first in Europe before spreading to the rest of the world. Within a decade, as policies were copied from one state to the next and taken up by the European Union, United Nations, and a host of other international fora, CVE was globalized. From Finland to the Philippines, CVE policies have been presented as the smarter and more liberal approach to countering terrorism than the crude and inflammatory “war on terror.”

At this New York launch event for the report, the adoption of CVE by policymakers within international institutions will be analyzed and assessed from a human rights perspective.

María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of United Nations General Assembly   
Ben Hayes, Transnational Institute
Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism Faiza Patel, Brennan Center for Justice
Amrit Singh, Open Society Justice Initiative

Arun Kundnani, New York University

Please note that attendance at this event requires pre-registration at least 48 hours in advance. Attendees will need to present ID at the entrance to the UN Building if they do not already have a UN badge.