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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 27: Terrorism and international refugee law

Geoff Gilbert

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


The United Nations Security Council publicly linked international terrorism to refugees in UN Security Council Resolution 1373 (2001) in the wake of the attacks of 11 September 2001. Yet not a single refugee was involved in any of those attacks. As the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stated soon after 9/11: Equating asylum with a safe haven for terrorists is not only legally wrong and thus far unsupported by the facts, but it serves to vilify refugees in the public mind and promotes the singling out of persons of particular races or religions for discrimination and hate-based harassment. International refugee law relates to terrorist activities in a number of ways. This chapter will first consider how far the threat of terrorism can form the context for persecution for the purpose of obtaining refugee status. It secondly explores how involvement in terrorism should be addressed in the law on exclusion from refugee status.

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