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The research group addresses a range of issues related to constitutional law, international human rights law, terrorism and counter-terrorism legislation in a comparative, global perspective.


Topics of interest include:

  • separation of powers and the role of the judiciary,
  • secrecy and the vindication of constitutional rights,
  • terrorism financing and
  • the control of States’ anti-terrorism activities.



9/11 and the Rise of Global Anti-Terrorism Law

Edited by Arianna Vedaschi, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan, Kim Lane Scheppele, Princeton University, New Jersey
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Surveillance, Privacy and Transatlantic Relations

David Cole, Federico Fabbrini & Stephen Schulhofer eds., Hart Publishing
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Constitutionalism Across Borders in the Struggle Against Terrorism

Federico Fabbrini & Vicki Jackson eds., E.Elgar
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Privacy and National Security in the Digital Age

20 Tilburg Law Review (2015) Special Issue ed. by Federico Fabbrini
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Surveillance, Counter-Terrorism and Comparative Constitutionalism

Fergal Davis, Nicola McGarrity & George Williams eds., Routledge 2014
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Secrecy, National Security and the Vindication of Constitutional Law

David Cole, Federico Fabbrini & Arianna Vedaschi eds., E-Elgar, 2013
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Past Workshops

Annual Workshop on “Counter-Terrorism at the Crossroad between International, Regional and Domestic Law”.

13 -14 June 2019
Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

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The research group convenes a workshop every year.

Workshop on "Human Dignity and Human Security in Times of Terrorism" - 14 December 2017
The Hague, The Netherlands
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"Accountability for Transnational Terrorism Operations", 10-11 March 2016
King's College London, London, United Kingdom
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"Surveillance, Privacy and Transnational Relations in the Digital Era" 12 - 13 March 2015
Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Brussels (Belgium)
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"Constitutionalism Across Borders in the Struggle Against Terrorism" 6 - 7 March 2014
Harvard Law School (USA)
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“States of Surveillance: Counter-terrorism and Comparative Constitutionalism” 13 - 14 December 2012
University of New South Wales in Sydney (Australia)
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“Secrecy and the vindication of constitutional rights” 1 - 2 December 2011
Bocconi University in Milan (Italy)
  Report on the Milan workshop

Contact details

Chair of the research group: Kim Lane Scheppele
Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University


Coordinator of the research group (contact person)

Prof Dr Arianna Vedaschi
Full Professor of Comparative Public Law Bocconi University Department of Legal Studies via Roentgen 1 - 20136, Milan (Italy)

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Past Leaders of the Research Group

David Cole
Professor of Law & Policy, Georgetown Law Center and National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union

Martin Scheinin
Professor of International Law & Human Rights, European University Institute and former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Liberties while Countering Terrorism

Federico Fabbrini 
Full Professor of European Law, Dublin City University