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Advanced Summer Programme: Preventing Violent Extremism

20 augustus 2018 - 24 augustus 2018
The Hague

What is terrorism and what isn’t? What’s the difference between extremism and terrorism? Has terrorism changed over the past decades? Why is one person considered a freedom fighter while the next is considered a terrorist?

In the Advanced Summer Programme: Preventing Violent Extremism you will learn about these questions through lectures, workshops, serious games, panel discussions and much more.

Interested in participating in this interesting week? Keep an eye on this page, registration will open soon!


The summer programme will be held in The Hague. The programme combines its unique location in The Hague, the International City of Peace and Justice, with the academic expertise of the Institute for Security and Global Affairs and the ICCT.

Preventing violent extremism is a ‘wicked problem’ – a dynamic tangle of complex issues, a wide range of stakeholders and no clean-cut, obvious solutions. Tackling this problem requires a networked approach where all actors work together in a joint and coordinated effort. From security services, policy makers, lawyers and academics to youth workers, teachers, parents and other actors, all stakeholders have their own role to play. Each stakeholder, in turn, works from the premise of their own specific perspectives, authorities, interests and limitations. In order to ensure effective prevention measures, strengthen public resilience and increase on-time signaling and addressing of radicalisation, it is vital to understand the position and role of network partners.

This advanced summer programme, organised by the Centre for Professional Learning of Leiden University and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT), provides insights into the opportunities and challenges of a networked approach to prevention. In an intensive five-day course, participants will meet academics, experts and practitioners and discuss the latest dilemmas and trends in the field of preventing violent extremism and how these dilemmas influence the public debate. Furthermore, participants will work on cases to distinguish the various roles and limitations of different stakeholders and how these relate to each other in their joint efforts to prevent violent extremism.

Complementary summer programme

Following this summer programme, participants have the opportunity to enroll in a complementary summer programme that focuses on the legal aspects of countering terrorism. This programme is organised by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut and ICCT. Participants can register for one or both of the programmes. Participants who register for both programmes will receive a discount in the total fee.

After completion of the summer programme, participants will have:

  • Insights in the latest dilemmas and trends in the field of preventing violent extremism;
  • Insights in the opportunities and challenges of a networked approach and the (im)possibilities of multidisciplinary cooperation and information sharing;
  • Proper understanding of the various organisations and stakeholders active in the field of preventing radicalisation and violent extremism and their various roles, perspectives, authorities, interests and limitations;
  • Reflected on one’s own role and position in the field of preventing radicalisation and violent extremism;
  • Expanded one’s network of international experts in the field of preventing violent extremism.

This advanced summer programme on Preventing Violent Extremism is meant for international as well as Dutch professionals that already work in the field of preventing violent extremism or are just interested in expanding their knowledge about the subject. For example:

  • Practitioners in the field of preventing radicalisation and violent extremism;
  • Policy maker (international, national and regional);
  • Members of Parliament;
  • Diplomats;
  • Journalists;
  • (Academic) researchers;
  • Professionals aiming to expand their understanding of the challenges of preventing violent extremism.