Join us for an insightful interview with Professor Christian Kaunert as we delve into the multifaceted landscape of European Union (EU) counterterrorism legal framework. Explore key topics such as international cooperation, financial tracking, human rights considerations, and the evolving challenges posed by online radicalisation. Gain valuable perspectives on the gaps in the EU’s legal framework and discover potential avenues for further research in this vital field.


  • The EU Definition of Terrorism and Its Implications
  • General vs Specific Definitions of Terrorism: A Comparative Analysis
  • Dissemination of Terrorism Definitions to National Member States’ Legal Codes
  • Fundamental Legal Instruments in EU Counterterrorism Framework
  • Tracking Financial Flows in Counterterrorism Operations
  • Comparison between the Council of Europe and the European Council in Counterterrorism Efforts
  • International Cooperation in Counterterrorism and the Role of the EU
  • EU Initiatives towards Non-Western Countries and Reciprocal Engagement
  • Human Rights Considerations within EU Counterterrorism Strategies
  • EU Institutions Involved in Counterterrorism Efforts
  • Gaps and Missing Elements in the EU’s Counterterrorism Legal Framework
  • Addressing Radicalisation through Online Content Regulation
  • Suggestions for Further Research in EU Counterterrorism Policies and Strategies

Christian Kaunert

Christian Kaunert, a Professor of International Security, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University; and Professor of Policing and Security at University of South Wales, a director of International Centre for Policing and Security, and Jean Monnet Director.

Selected Publications:

Demmelhuber, T.; Kaunert, C. (2014) ‘The EU and the Gulf monarchies: normative power Europe in search of a strategy for engagement’. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 27.

Ilbiz, E. & Kaunert, C. (2021) EU, Turkey and Counter-Terrorism: Fighting the PKK and ISIS. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Ilbiz, E. & Kaunert, C. (2023) The Sharing Economy for Tackling Cybercrime. Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications. Cham, Springer International Publishing.

J. Argomaniz, O. Bureš, & C. Kaunert (eds.) (2016) EU counter-terrorism and intelligence: a critical assessment. London New York, Routledge.

Kaunert, C. & Ezeokafor, E. (2022) Securitization Outside the West: West African Security Reconceptualised. 1st edition. London, Routledge.

Kaunert, C. (2010) ‘Europol and EU counterterrorism: International security actorness in the external dimension’. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 33.

Kaunert, C., MacKenzie, A. & Léonard, S. (2022) The European Union as a Global Counter-Terrorism Actor. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Kaunert, C.; MacKenzie, A.; Léonard, S. (2023) ‘Far-right foreign fighters and Ukraine: A blind spot for the European Union?’. New Journal of European Criminal Law, 14.

Lavallée, C.; Léonard, S.; Kaunert, C. (2017) ‘Counter-terrorism cooperation and the European neighbourhood policy’ In: The Routledge Handbook on the European Neighbourhood Policy.

Léonard, S. & Kaunert, C. (2019) Refugees, Security and the European Union. 1st edition. Routledge.

Léonard, S.; Kaunert, C. (2022) ‘Refugee flows and terrorism in the European Union: securitization through association’. International Politics, 59.

Léonard, S.; Kaunert, C.; Yakubov, I. (2020) ‘Preventing radicalisation and enhancing disengagement in the european union’ In: Routledge Handbook of Deradicalisation and Disengagement.

S.N. Romaniuk, C. Kaunert, & A.P.H. Fabe (eds.) (2024) Countering terrorist and criminal financing. Boca Raton, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.

Wertman, O. & Kaunert, C. (2023) Israel: National Security and Securitization: The Role of the United States in Defining What Counts. Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications. Cham, Springer International Publishing.

Wertman, O.; Kaunert, C. (2023) ‘The Oslo Accords 1993–1995: The Securitization of the Bi-National State’ In: Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications.

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