Research Handbook on International Law and Terrorism
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Research Handbook on International Law and Terrorism

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.
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Chapter 5: Maritime terrorism in international law

Efthymios Papastavridis


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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