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Research Handbook on International Law and Terrorism

Research Handbook on International Law and Terrorism

Research Handbooks in International Law series

Edited by Ben Saul

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.

Chapter 25: Terrorism and freedom of expression in international law

Yael Ronen

Subjects: law - academic, human rights, public international law, terrorism and security law, politics and public policy, human rights, terrorism and security


The focus of the international effort to prevent terrorism through legal measures has gradually shifted over the years. First came the criminalization of terrorist acts themselves, followed by criminalization of the provision of forms of material support to terrorism such as financing. Subsequently, international law turned to addressing the social processes leading to terrorism, focusing on preventing the spread of terrorist ideology. This chapter focuses on the principal legal measure adopted in this latter context, namely the criminalization of incitement to terrorism, as manifest in two international instruments, UN Security Council Resolution 1624 (2005) and the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (Council of Europe Convention). Resolution 1624 (2005) was adopted in the wake of the July 2005 suicide bombings in London.

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