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 8: The International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings

Samuel Witten


On 15 December 1997, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings (Convention or Terrorist Bombings Convention). The Convention was modeled in many respects on the series of anti-terrorism conventions that began with the 1970 Hague Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft and the 1971 Hague Convention on the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Relating to International Civil Aviation. These early conventions established what has now become a familiar and reliable formula for multilateral instruments on terrorism. Parties agreed to a definition of a category of heinous conduct that should be considered a terrorist act appropriate for international cooperation regardless of its motivation (for example, attacks on international civil aviation).

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