The Counterterrorism Legislation project
Within the context of a broader study, the United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has commissioned the Geneva Academy to conduct a study of the impact on humanitarian action of counterterrorism laws and measures. The project will be conducted in close cooperation with UN Humanitarian Coordinators and Country Teams as well as with the UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee. The project will identify impacts and make recommendations to humanitarian organizations, host states, and other relevant actors on how to minimize the negative impact of such laws and measures on principled humanitarian action.
The project was initiated in January 2013 and will run for the rest of the year. The research project is being managed on a day-to-day basis by the Academy’s Head of Research, Dr Stuart Casey-Maslen. Two Academy researchers, Takhmina Karimova and Marina Mattirolo, will carry out the desk research and, in conjunction with the project manager, conduct the interviews. The whole project is under the supervision and guidance of Professor Andrew Clapham, the Director of the Academy. The results of the project will be presented and discussed at a roundtable to be held in late 2013.