Terrorism

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Terrorism - Research Guide International Law

The adoption of the Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of Terrorism by the League of Nations in 1937 marked the entrance of terrorism in the field of international law. The present-day international legal framework for the prevention and combatting of terrorism started in the 1960’s with the adoption of the 1963 Convention on Offences and certain other Acts committed on Board Aircraft. This framework now consists of various multilateral treaties and protocols relating to specific categories of terrorist acts as well as several regional conventions on international terrorism in general. However, a comprehensive multilateral convention on terrorism is still lacking. This is mainly due to the continuing lack of agreement within the United Nations on a common definition of international terrorism.

This Guide is intended as a starting point for research on Terrorism. It provides the basic legal materials available in the Peace Palace Library, both in print and electronic format. Handbooks, leading articles, bibliographies, periodicals, serial publications and documents of interest are presented in the Selective Bibliography section. Links to the PPL Catalogue are inserted. The Library’s systematic index code, i.e., 250a  and the keyword Terrorism are instrumental for searching through the Catalogue. Special attention is given to our subscriptions on databases, e-journals, e-books and other electronic resources. Finally, this Research Guide features links to relevant websites and other online resources of particular interest.

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The Peace Palace Library has a collection of over a million publications. Each week, about six hundred new titles are added to our collection: books, articles, documents, online publications, etc. On this page, access is provided to this week’s new titles on Terrorism and related subjects.


1. International counterterrorism bureaucracies in the United Nations and the European Union
International counterterrorism bureaucracies in the United Nations and the European Union / Hendrik Hegemann. - 1. edition. - Baden-Baden : Nomos ; [London] : Bloomsbury, 2014. - 325 pages. ; 23 cm. - (Demokratie, Sicherheit, Frieden ; Volume 213) Originally doctoral dissertation at Universit ät Hamburg, 2014. - References: page 277-324. - With notes. - 2014
Keywords: European Union, United Nations, Terrorism, Prevention, International co-operation,

2. "Terrorism"
"Terrorism" : Too Elusive a Term for an International Legal Definition? / Rumyana Grozdanova In: Netherlands International Law Review = ISSN 0165-070X: vol. 61, issue 3, page 305-334. - 2014
Keywords: Terrorism, National security,
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New titles

The Peace Palace Library has a collection of over a million publications. Each week, about six hundred new titles are added to our collection: books, articles, documents, online publications, etc. On this page, access is provided to this week’s new titles on Terrorism and related subjects.


1. International counterterrorism bureaucracies in the United Nations and the European Union
International counterterrorism bureaucracies in the United Nations and the European Union / Hendrik Hegemann. - 1. edition. - Baden-Baden : Nomos ; [London] : Bloomsbury, 2014. - 325 pages. ; 23 cm. - (Demokratie, Sicherheit, Frieden ; Volume 213) Originally doctoral dissertation at Universit ät Hamburg, 2014. - References: page 277-324. - With notes. - 2014
Keywords: European Union, United Nations, Terrorism, Prevention, International co-operation,

2. "Terrorism"
"Terrorism" : Too Elusive a Term for an International Legal Definition? / Rumyana Grozdanova In: Netherlands International Law Review = ISSN 0165-070X: vol. 61, issue 3, page 305-334. - 2014
Keywords: Terrorism, National security,

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  • Zusman, L, (ed.), The Fundamentals of Counterrorism Law, Chicago, IL, American Bar Association, Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, 2014.

    Zusman, L, (ed.), The Fundamentals of Counterrorism Law, Chicago, IL, American Bar Association, Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, 2014.

    The Fundamentals of Counterterrorism Law dives into the basic legal framework surrounding the many parts of dealing with terrorism – covering such critical topics of international investigations, national security law, ethics, privatization, drones, cyberterrorism and much more. Written by experts in the field of terrorism, the authors offer an astounding view into the current laws and justification for the governmental responses stemming from the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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  • Saul, B. (ed.), Research Handbook on International Law and Terrorism, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2014. Showcase item

    Saul, B. (ed.), Research Handbook on International Law and Terrorism, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2014

    This Handbook brings together leading scholars and practitioners to examine the prolific body of international laws governing terrorism. It exhaustively covers the global response to terrorism in transnational criminal law, the international law on the use of force, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, the law of State responsibility, the United Nations Security Council, General Assembly, UN specialised bodies, and regional organisations. It also addresses special legal issues in dealing with terrorism such as gender, religion, victims of terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and customary law.

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  • Wagstaff, R.H., Terror Detentions and the Rule of Law: US and UK Perspectives, New York, Oxford University Press, 2014.

    R.H. Wagstaff, Terror Detentions and the Rule of Law: US and UK Perspectives, New York, Oxford University Press, 2014.

    After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the United States and the United Kingdom detained suspected terrorists in a manner incompatible with the due process, fair trial, and equality requirements of the rule of law. The legality of the detentions was challenged and found wanting by the highest courts in both the US and UK. The US courts approached these questions as matters within the law of war, whereas the UK courts examined these questions within a human rights criminal law context. The analytical focus of the author is on the four US Supreme Court decisions involving detentions in Guantanamo Bay and four House of Lords decisions involving detentions that began in the Belmarsh Prison. These decisions are analyzed within the contexts of history, criminal law, constitutional law, human rights and international law, and various jurisprudential perspectives. In this book Dr. Wagstaff argues that time-tested criminal law is the normatively correct and most effective means for dealing with suspected terrorists. He also suggests that preventive, indefinite detention of terrorist suspects upon suspicion of wrongdoing contravenes the domestic and international rule of law, treaties and customary international law. As such, new legal paradigms for addressing terrorism are shown to be normatively invalid, illegal, unconstitutional, counter-productive, and in conflict with the rule of law.

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  • Setty, S. (ed.), Constitutions, Security, and the Rule of Law, New York, International Debate Educational Association, 2014.

    Setty, S. (ed.), Constitutions, Security, and the Rule of Law, New York, International Debate Educational Association, 2014.

    Constitutions, Security, and the Rule of Law offers diverse international perspectives on the way in which the rule of law shifts in times of emergency or heightened security. It addresses individual rights issues within the context of questioning how government works and ought to work in light of serious security concerns, thereby enabling readers to understand how national security concerns have distorted constitutions and impinged on human and civil rights. Five thematic sections examine: 1. How different constitutional structures deal with security concerns 2. What part of government controls security measures 3. What constraints supranational and international law place on individual nations when it comes to security 4. What the public has a right to know in times of heightened security 5. What rights the public can exercise in times of heightened security and how citizens can hold government accountable for protecting these rights.

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  • Chermak, S.M, and J.D. Freilich (eds.), Transnational Terrorism, Farnham, Ashgate, 2013.

    Chermak, S.M, and J.D. Freilich (eds.), Transnational Terrorism, Farnham, Ashgate, 2013.

    The dramatic terrorist attacks of 9/11 highlighted significant gaps in research on the topic as governments, community groups, social service agencies and law enforcement agencies were forced to respond without any evidence-based guidance on best practices for tactics, strategies, and policy development. The essays selected for this volume demonstrate that transnational terrorism is now a thriving area of study and display the breadth and depth of scholarship that has recently been published. The research draws attention to global patterns of transnational terrorism; highlights various structural and cultural explanations; provides an overview of some of the ways that terrorism impacts society; and discusses strategies used to effectively respond to transnational terrorism. This volume, which is of interest to academics, policymakers and practitioners, provides a repository of some of the best contemporary research in this field..

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  • Beekarry, N. (ed.), Combating Money Laundering and Terrorism Finance: Past and Current Challenges, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013.

    Beekarry, N. (ed.), Combating Money Laundering and Terrorism Finance: Past and Current Challenges, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013.

    This book addresses the broader legal, policy and regulatory issues confronting the international community in its search for effective methodologies to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. New threats must always be met with new regulatory approaches. Alongside an original introduction to the area, which also addresses the 2012 recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force, the editor has selected key papers assessing the task, including work examining the recent shift from a rule-based to a risk-based approach. This volume is an major source of reference for anyone interested in this dynamic field.

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    Nuclear security is generally accepted to mean “the prevention of, detection of, and response to, criminal or intentional unauthorized acts involving or directed at nuclear material, other radioactive material, associated facilities, or associated activities”. In short it is about preventing terrorists from acquiring radioactive material or attacking nuclear facilities. Since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, nuclear security concerns have been heightened, but how real is the danger and what are the legal instruments to combat nuclear terrorism?

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  • Homeland, Zero Dark Thirty and Jack Bauer: Rendition, Torture and the Demise of American Values

    The latest in a series of Hollywood productions which reopened a debate about torture and extraordinary rendition is Zero Dark Thirty. Real life variations of Hollywood-scenarios have been unfolding as the US government has engaged in a program of extraordinary rendition since the Clinton Administration and which became widespread under the Bush Administration following the September 11 terrorist attacks.This blog examines Obama’s policy towards torture and (extraordinary) rendition.

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    Columbia’s fourth attempt at peace with the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) started formally last month in Oslo and will continue the 15th of November in Havana, Cuba. The earlier attempts- starting in 1984, 1990 and 1998- to end one of Latin America’s longest and bloodiest armed conflict all failed. Why would the outcome of the peace talks this time be different?

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  • New Institute for Counter-terrorism in the Hague

    Three Hague-based organizations, T.M.C. Asser Institute, the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism of the University of Leiden/Campus Den Haag and the Dutch Institute for International Relations ‘Clingendael’, announced to join forces to set up an independent institute that will contribute to the study and policy-making in the field of counter-terrorism. The institute is financed by [...]

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  • International Conference on Afghanistan, The Hague, 31 March 2009

    On 31 March 2009, the Dutch government is hosting the ´International Conference on Afghanistan: a Comprehensive Strategy in a Regional Context´ at the World Forum in The Hague.

    Building on the achievements of previous Conferences in Bonn, London and Paris, this Conference should reaffirm the solid and long-term commitment of the international community to [...]

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  • Hostages rescued in Colombia

    Terrorism in the jungle. Colombian armed forces rescued 15 hostages, including former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Ms Betancourt was held prisoner for six years in the Colombian jungle.

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