Regional Counter-Terrorism Approaches (Module 5, UNODC University Module series: Counter-Terrorism)

Regional Counter-Terrorism Approaches (Module 5, UNODC University Module series: Counter-Terrorism)

The series of Modules on Counter-Terrorism Education, developed within the Education for Justice (E4J) initiative, aim to provide a relevant and valuable resource for lecturers teaching courses on counter-terrorism in universities and academic institutions across the world. The Modules seek to enhance students’ understanding of terrorism, its implications and related issues by providing foundational knowledge on relevant international, regional and national instruments and approaches. To increase their effectiveness, the Modules aim to connect theory to practice, encourage critical thinking, and use innovative interactive teaching approaches such as experiential learning, case studies and group-based work. The Modules are multi-disciplinary and can be integrated in a series of courses ranging from law to international relations, sociology, anthropology, criminology and many other disciplines. Whilst the primary focus is on the United Nations instruments, the Modules leave room for diverse perspectives and lecturers can easily adapt them to different local and cultural contexts.

Counter-Terrorism_module_overview_imageModule 5. Regional Counter-Terrorism Approaches

This Module introduces students to the principal regional and multilateral organizations engaged in global counter-terrorism efforts, which have a pivotal role to play in terms of furthering the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy objectives. As such, the Module lays an important analytical and conceptual foundation for subsequent Modules (especially Modules 7-14), which examine both international as well as regional and multilateral frameworks and approaches to specific aspects of counter-terrorism. This enables the University Module Series as a whole to have a strong comparative element, allowing students to become familiar with not only their own, but also other regional approaches and systems, thereby encouraging them to compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of different regional as well as international approaches.

Learning outcomes

Understand the role of regional organizations and instruments, and differences in their approaches when countering terrorism.

Examine the strengths and weaknesses of regional human rights approaches (key instruments as well as mechanisms).

Encourage students to develop basic comparative research and analytic skills.

The full module is avaliable at UNODC website

TopicPreventing violent extremism


Themes: Preventing violent extremism