EER Webinar Invitation Foreign fighters: The case for and against repatriation


European Eye on Radicalization would like to invite you to participate in our next

The repatriation of Islamist fighters and their families back to Europe has been a contentious issue that has been debated for several years now. While some countries have repatriated their citizens, others, like France for example, have adopted a more cautious approach.

However, just recently the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has asked France to reconsider its decision to not repatriate two women who traveled to Syria and Iraq in 2014 and 2015 to join the Islamic State, where they gave birth to three children.

The French foreign ministry said it had noted the ECHR decision and that it was ready to renew repatriation operations “whenever conditions allow”. However, the court decision could have implications for a number of European countries that refuse to repatriate IS suspects and their children

The decision has also renewed debate in academic and research circles about repatriation and the possible effects it has on the potentially still radicalized individuals as well as society. As such, EER has gathered a panel of experts on the subject to discuss their views on the benefits, as well as the dangers, of repatriations and how such returns impact various European countries differently.

We would love to cordially invite you to our webinar on the timely subject on 27 September at 16:30 CET. The event will last about an hour, with panellists presenting for 10 to 15 minutes followed by a question-and-answer session with our audience that is largely comprised of analysts, journalists, and practitioners.

Our panelists will be comprised of:

  • Liam Duffy, Researcher, speaker and trainer in counter- terrorism based in London
  • Sharon Weill, Associate Professor of International law, American University of Paris. Associate Researcher, CERI, Sciences PO Paris
  • Sofia Koller, Senior Research Analyst, Counter Extremism Project (CEP), Germany.
  • Abigail Thorley, Researcher at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT).