- Research Handbooks in International Law series
Edited by Ben Saul
Chapter 12: Terrorism and the international law on the use of force
This chapter addresses the international law on the use of force (jus ad bellum) as it applies to terrorism. It does not deal with distinct issues covered elsewhere in this volume, such as the use of force domestically, in the context of law enforcement, public emergencies, or non-international armed conflicts. Nor does it deal with the issues that may arise under international humanitarian law, such as whether a use of armed force against terrorists is to be classified as an armed conflict or not or the legality of ‘targeted killings’ and the use of aerial drones. The international law on the use of force did not change following the 9/11 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
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