Research Handbooks in International Law series
Edited by Ben Saul
Chapter 5: Maritime terrorism in international law
After the unprecedented terrorist attacks on the United States on 11 September 2001, states and the international community were forced to take seriously the threats posed by maritime terrorism and the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). These threats have been the object of much public and academic concern as well as of numerous unilateral or multilateral efforts by individual states and international organizations. A prominent example is the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), which was initially conceived as a ‘collection of interdiction partnerships’ among 11 core members, but subsequently received the support of another 80 states and expanded into a multifaceted, international effort to combat the transfer of banned weapons and weapons technology.
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