Terror in Courts. French counter-terrorism : Administrative and Penal Avenues

This report was prepared for Ms. Fionnuala Ni Aolain, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism on the occasion of her official visit in France in May 2018.

It is the product of work done with the students enrolled in the Capstone Course on
International Crimes and Counter- terrorism at Sciences-Po Paris (PSIA) during spring
semesters in 2017 and 2018 :

  • Daphne Amouna, Sophie-Anne Bisiaux, Camille Kasavan, Jonas Freist-Held, Paul Leclerc, Jacob Lypp and Talya Swissa (class 2017).
  • Emily Campbell, Clémence Girin, Claire Pershan, Michelle Silva, Joachim Stassart, Nicolas Tanguay-Leduc and Gabrielle Vallieres (class 2018).

It includes the following chapters and focuses on the role of courts and their function :
Part I : An introduction to French courts system
Part II : The radicalization of administrative law
Part III : Criminal law : an ever expanding paradigm (including the 2016 prosecution policy)
Part IV : Rule of procedure (pre trial detention up to 4 years, solidarity confinement...)
Part V : Externalization of Justice : FF detained in Iraq

Il comprend :
Partie I : Brève introduction du système juridique français
Partie Il : La radicalisation du droit administratif
Partie III : Droit pénal : un paradigme en constante expansion
Partie IV : Règles de procédure
Partie V : Externalisation de la justice : les détenus en Irak