The Council of Europe Committee on Counter-Terrorism (CDCT), formerly called the Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER), is an intergovernmental body coordinating the Council of Europe's action against terrorism.

Based on the principles of prevent, prosecute and protect, the CDCT is tasked with developing appropriate and practical soft law instruments such as recommendations and guidelines for member States to consider and apply in the fight against terrorist activity.

For 2018 and 2019, some of the CDCT’s main priorities are:

  • Developing a Council of Europe Counter-Terrorism Strategy 2018-2022;
  • Examining the feasibility of  agreeing to a pan-European legal definition of “terrorism” for the 2005 Warsaw Convention;
  • Addressing the phenomena of foreign terrorist fighters and returnees;
  • The use and abuse of the internet by terrorists;
  • The roles of women and children in terrorism;
  • links between terrorism and organised crime (to be addressed in cooperation with the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC));

The CDCT also provides a platform for country profiles on legislative and institutional counter-terrorism situation in member States, and helps exchange best practices and promote the effective implementation of Council of Europe instruments applicable to the fight against terrorism. Additionally, to help ensure that all member State efforts to combat terrorism in full respect of human rights and the rule of law, the CDCT and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) provide a regularly-updated factsheet on ECHR cases relating to counter-terrorism. 

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