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Action against Terrorism


The Council of Europe has been dedicated since 1949 to upholding human rights, the rule of law and pluralist democracy, and is determined to combat terrorism which repudiates these three fundamental values. The Council of Europe has worked in this field since the 1970s but its efforts were stepped up in 2001 following the unprecedented terrorist attacks in the United States.

The Council of Europe’s activities in the fight against terrorism are built on three cornerstones:
- strengthening legal action against terrorism;
- safeguarding fundamental values;
- addressing the causes of terrorism.

They are based on the fundamental principle that it is possible and necessary to fight terrorism while respecting human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.

      Next meetings:

•  9th Group of Parties meeting
 - Strasbourg, 5 May 2015

•  28th CODEXTER plenary meeting
 - Strasbourg, 6-7 May 2015

      Previous meetings:

• 12/11/2014 - 8th Group of Parties meeting
 - AgendaDocuments

• 13-14/11/2014 - 27th CODEXTER meeting
 - AgendaDocuments

All meetings Meeting reports

     Anti-terrorist conventions

Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism


Information on the legislative and institutional counter-terrorism capacity of Council of Europe member and observer states 

  • Case law of the European Court of Human Rights
    (under construction)


Counter-terrorism and human rights in the case law of the European Court of Human Rights