Liaise 2 seminar: Prevention of radicalisation in the context of probation and prison


Challenges and opportunities for the partnership
between local authorities and judicial actors

3rd LIAISE 2 European seminar

Wednesday, 29 March
The Hague, Netherlands


Policymakers are increasingly interested in the role of prison and probation with regards to radicalisation because they can be effective partners in prevention strategies. Indeed, these are often identified as channels through which convicted individuals can benefit from programmes and interventions aimed at strengthening their resilience against extremist influences or supporting them in the process of disengagement.

Whether focused on de-radicalisation, disengagement, rehabilitation or resettlement, such programmes require multi-agency coordination in order to maximise the chances for radicalised individuals to reintegrate society and to minimise the risk of re-offending.

The key role of cities as coordinators of all relevant stakeholders within these multi-agency programmes has been recognised in several countries. This central role has already been highlighted by the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) in its work on the prevention of re-offending and, since 2014, on the prevention of radicalisation as part of the European projects LIAISE and LIAISE 2.  However, although multi-agency cooperation around radicalised offenders, whether in release or probation, has already been highlighted as a key policy principle when designing tertiary prevention initiatives, it remains a key challenge.

The third LIAISE 2 seminar, co-organised by Efus and the Confederation of European Probation (CEP) and hosted by the city of The Hague (NL), will address the existing challenges and opportunities for these partnerships between local authorities and judicial actors in the area of the prevention of radicalisation and reoffending.

These challenges will be highlighted through an overview of different European approaches to the phenomenon of  radicalisation in the context of probation and prison. A focus on the Dutch approach will be given by the Dutch probation services and the municipality  of The Hague, who will present the risk assessment tools they use as well as their existing partnership. Furthermore, one of the initiatives of the ALTERNATIVE research project, focused on restorative justice and carried out in Northern Ireland, will be presented as an example of community involvement and reintegration. The seminar will also focus on a specific challenge that local authorities and judicial actors will increasingly face in the coming years : the foreign fighters who return to their country of origin from the conflict zones, commonly known as the returnees.  The seminar will address the risk they may represent for security in Europe and the challenges regarding their judicial follow-up and reintegration, but also the role they can play, once they have reintegrated society, in the prevention of radicalisation in their community, in particular among young people.

For whom?
Policymakers (local elected representatives, practitioners), judicial actors, NGOs active in the prevention of radicalisation and/or reintegration, researchers.

The seminar format will be interactive and adapted to the questions of the audience.


The event is fully booked and registration is therefore closed.




Practical Information

Vaillant Theatre
Hobbemastraat 120
2526JS The Hague

Simultaneous interpretation in English and French.


Emilie Petit
Juan Cristellys
Press request: Elsa Fontanille

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