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 12: Terrorism and the international law on the use of force

Michael Wood


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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