Security, law and religion. Jean Monnet future course (From understanding to countering religious extremism)

A.Y. 2019/2020
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Learning objectives
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Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The Safety, Law and Religion course is part of the training activities financed by European Union with the Jean Monnet Action under the Erasmus + program.

The aim of these training activities is to promote European studies, with particular attention to the issues of European integration and the role of Europe in the global context. Specifically, the Safety, Law and Religion course focuses on strategies to combat religious extremism through a multidisciplinary approach that, starting from an understanding of radicalisation processes, intends to provide a framework of legal tools and measures adopted so far to counter violent radicalisation in Italy and in Europe.

But, above all, it also aims to promote new strategies to contrast violent religious radicalisation based on the respect for the fundamental principles and values that characterize both our legal system and that of the European Union. Not least, the recognition of fundamental rights and, more specifically, the exercise of the right to religious freedom which - as stated by the Special Rapporteur on the freedom of religion and belief of the United Nations in 2017 - represents an essential tool in the global strategy against jihadist extremism.

Finally, the course aims to facilitate forms of cooperation with various professional figures and civil society actors who are themselves involved in the fight against radicalisation as public security authorities, cybercrime experts, magistrates, lawyers and leaders of religious communities.

The course is divided into 42 hours (21 lessons) organized as follows:
1. Introduction (Daniela Milani)
2. Jihadism in the 21st Century (Daniela Milani)
3. Sociology of radicalisation (Letizia Mancini)
4. Strategies for countering radicalisation in EU (Alessandro Negri)
5. Comparing challenges and approaches to preventing radicalisation: focus on Egypt, Yemen and Saudi Arabia (Alessandro Negri)
6. Focus on religious extremism and defensive democracy: ECHR case law (Marcello Toscano)
7. Focus on religious extremism and defensive democracy: EU Court of Justice case law (Natascia Marchei)
8. Islamic law: sources and basic principles (Cristiana Cianitto)
9. Islam and secularism in Western world: legal status of Islamic communities in Italy (Cristiana Cianitto)
10. Prevention and contrast to radicalisation in Italy (Daniela Milani)
11. Criminal law: terrorism (Alessandra Galluccio)
12. Administrative law: immigration flows, reception and integration policy in EU and Italy (Alessandro Ceserani)
13. The measure of expulsion for extremism (Alessandro Ceserani)
14. Online radicalisation (Giovanni Ziccardi)
15. Religious-based terrorism propaganda: legal tools for prevention and contrast (Jlia Pasquali Cerioli)
16. Radicalisation in prison (Daniela Milani)
17. Islam in prison (Daniela Milani)
18. The role of cultural and religious knowledge to prevent radicalisation and to de-radicalise (Daniela Milani)
19. Focus on fundamental rights: religious freedom as a resource against radicalisation (Daniela Milani)
20. Case studies (Daniela Milani)
21. Good practices (Daniela Milani)
Prerequisites for admission
No specific prerequisites requested.
Teaching methods
The lessons, mainly frontal, will be supplemented by specific focuses on case studies and good practices.
Teaching Resources
Nicola Colaianni, Sicurezza e prevenzione del terrorismo cosiddetto islamista: il disagio della libertà, in Stato, Chiese e pluralismo confessionale, online review (, issue n. 32/2019;

D. Milani, A. Negri, Tra libertà di religione e istanze di sicurezza: la prevenzione della radicalizzazione jihadista in fase di esecuzione della pena, in Stato, Chiese e pluralismo confessionale, online review (, issue n. 23/2018;

L. S. Martucci, Radicalizzati jihadisti: profilazione e de-radicalizzazione Constitution-compliant, in Stato, Chiese e pluralismo confessionale, onine review (, issue n. 8/2019;

OSCE, Freedom of Religion or Belief and Security: Policy Guidance, September 2019, availabile at;

R. Mazzola, La convivenza delle regole. Diritto, sicurezza e organizzazioni religiose, Giuffrè, Milano, 2005.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam takes place in oral form.
IUS/11 - ECCLESIASTICAL AND CANON LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
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