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Adria De Landri

Resident Fellow

Adria joined the IIJ as a Resident Fellow in the Academic Unit in 2021 and is responsible for designing and delivering cutting-edge courses to effectively counter terrorism and transnational crime, as well as developing the IIJ’s Research Agenda. Prior to joining the IIJ, she served as a Legal Officer at the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, which is responsible for assessing Member States’ implementation of Security Council counter-terrorism resolutions. In this capacity, she organized visits to Member States and presented findings to the Counter-Terrorism Committee, reviewed domestic legislation in a variety of jurisdictions to verify compliance with Security Council Resolutions, provided authoritative legal advice on diverse legal and counter-terrorism matters of high complexity, and conducted numerous technical assistance projects for judicial and law enforcement officials on a variety of topics related to terrorism, terrorism financing and other complex crimes.

Adria also served as an Assistant US Attorney in New York with the US Department of Justice where she worked on hundreds of cases in various areas of federal law enforcement, including narcotics, organized crime, money laundering, tax and other financial crimes. 

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Dallin Van Leuven

Programme Manager

Dallin joined the IIJ in July 2020 as the Programme Manager for the Academic Unit, where he manages the Unit’s portfolio of courses and research tasks. From 2016, Dallin was a researcher and programme manager for Search for Common Ground, focusing on the organisation’s countering violent extremism (CVE) portfolio. He has authored several research studies on violent extremism as well as a book chapter on ISIL’s unprecedented use of gendered strategies to recruit foreign men and women, which was published in Foreign Fighters under International Law and Beyond. He has a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a degree in justice studies from Westminster College.

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Cheibou Samna Soumana

Resident Fellow

Samna joined the IIJ as a Resident Fellow in the Academic Unit at the end of 2020. He is responsible for designing and delivering state of the art courses to successfully counter terrorism and transnational crime. As a member of the judiciary in Niger for 20 years, including 15 years in the Public Prosecutor’s Office, he brings his extensive national and international field experience in the fight against organised crime and terrorism. After serving as a judge, he continued his career at the Public Prosecutor’s Office and oversaw organised crime and terrorism proceedings as of 2011. He joined the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Niamey before becoming its Chief Prosecutor. In this capacity, he led the Judicial Unit specialising in the fight against terrorism and transnational organised crime, as well as the Financial and Economic Unit. He served as the focal point for the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the West African Network of Prosecutors and Central Authorities (WACAP), and served as an expert and consultant for the UNODC notably in the field of firearms. He also initiated Niger’s Counter-Terrorism Coordination Committee.

Samna has led numerous initiatives that have contributed to building the capacity of judicial practitioners in the fight against terrorism in the Lake Chad and Sahel regions. This included research and legislative efforts, training, meetings and exchanges conducted by the UNODC, United States, African and European judicial training institutes, and European projects. Samna is a Knight of the National Ordre du Mérite of Niger.

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English

Marie Compère

Director, Academic Unit

Marie joined the IIJ as Director of the Academic Unit in April 2020. A member of the IIJ Senior Management Team, she oversees the design and implementation of Core Courses on counter-terrorism and transnational crime for judicial practitioners delivered by the Academic Unit and leads the Academic Unit’s team of fellows and programmatic staff. She is also responsible for coordinating and collaborating with Academic Unit donors and partners to support the work of the Unit and the broader IIJ mission of building the capacity of criminal justice practitioners.

Prior to joining the IIJ, she served at the French National School for the Judiciary (ENM) and was in charge of international training activities for practitioners in the fight against terrorism, organised crime and international criminal justice, in the framework of bilateral, European (EJTN, Council of Europe, EUROJUST, EUROPOL) and multi-sectoral projects funded by international donors in Europe, Africa, Asia and Central Asia. Marie also brings 15 years of experience as a prosecutor and examining judge in France.

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