The Council of Europe and combating international terrorism

Established by the Treaty of London on 5 May 1949, the Council of Europe has its headquarters in Strasbourg and with its 47 members advocates respect for human rights, pluralist democracy and the rule of law.

Helping to combat and prevent terrorism

The fight against terrorism can pose a threat to those values if it fails to uphold the precepts of the rule of law. The Council of Europe’s involvement in combating terrorism goes back to the 1970s. Alongside the prevention of acts of terror, its work has focused on the compatibility of anti-terrorism measures with the protection of human rights. The Council of Europe is at pains to maintain a balance between defending codified rights and imposing restrictions necessary to the fight against terrorism. Several of the Council of Europe’s 200-odd conventions are concerned with terrorism. The conventions are open to non-members of the Council of Europe.

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on Terrorism

In response to the events of 11 September 2001, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers decided on 8 November of the same year to establish a Multidisciplinary Group on International Action against Terrorism, which has since been replaced by CODEXTER, the Committee of Experts on Terrorism. One of its main tasks has been to draft the Protocol amending the 1977 European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism, which was ratified on 13 July 2011.

More Council of Europe international legislation

  • Convention on Cybercrime of 23 November 2001
  • Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism of 16 May 2009
  • Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings of 16 May 2005
  • Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence of 11 May 2011
  • Additional Protocol of 19 May 2015 to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism

Last updated 09.11.2015

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