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

Edited by Ben Saul

This newly revised and updated second edition provides a comprehensive overview of international counter-terrorism law and practice. Brand new and revised chapters provide critical commentary on the law from leading scholars and practitioners in the field, including new topics for this edition such as foreign terrorist fighters, the nexus between organized crime and terrorism, and the prevention of violent extremism.
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Chapter 9: The draft United Nations Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism

Amrith Rohan Perera


This chapter analyses the core negotiating issues surrounding the diplomatic efforts since 2000, and continuing to the present (2019), to conclude a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT), under the auspices of the United Nations. It first considers the historical background, then turns to current controversy over the so-called ‘definitional issue’. Next, it addresses the rationale for the CCIT and how the Draft CCIT seeks to address gaps in the existing sectoral treaty framework. It then examines the way in which the CCIT seeks to deal with the ‘definitional issue’ through a ‘compromise package’, which addresses the different political and legal considerations involved, and the rationale for and elements of the package. The final section proposes a way ahead to overcome the current impasse.

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