Handbook of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Post 9/11
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Handbook of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Post 9/11

Edited by David Martin Jones, Paul Schulte, Carl Ungerer and M. L.R. Smith

Almost two decades after the events of 9/11, this Handbook offers a comprehensive insight into the evolution and development of terrorism and insurgency since then. Gathering contributions from a broad range of perspectives, it both identifies new technological developments in terrorism and insurgency, and addresses the distinct state responses to the threat of political, or religiously motivated violence; not only in the Middle East and Europe, but also in Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and North and South America.
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Chapter 2: Public international law, terrorism and insurgency post-9/11

Birte Ahlhaus


This chapter analyses the ability of public international law to define and judge acts of global terrorism and asymmetric warfare and, more specifically, whether or not the UN Security Council has the authority to grant collective self-defence following a terrorist attack. To do this, the analysis focuses on the conflict of norms between the protection of state security and compliance with human rights law. Despite conflicting norms within international law concerning terrorism and insurgency post-9/11, it is also an institutional as well as definitional conflict that, in practice, jeopardizes the establishment of an effective multinational counterterrorism approach. Much work has been done on the legal problem of colliding norms as well as the lack of definition of terrorism in public international law. However, contemporary approaches to overcome the norm conflict inherent in international relations and law on counterterrorism remain underdeveloped. In order to analyse the conflicting norms and values within the search for an international jurisdiction of global terrorism, this chapter evaluates the traditional systematic interpretation before making the case for a more nuanced understanding of the norm conflict in international counterterrorism jurisdiction.

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