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 17: Foreign fighters, terrorism and counter-terrorism

Sandra Krähenmann


This chapter examines international efforts to prevent and suppress foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs), following the influx of such persons into the conflicts in Syria and Iraq from around 2012. Security Council resolution 2178 (2014) induced the largest recent wave of new counter-terrorism measures and policies on a national level since resolution 1373 (2001). Yet the effectiveness and necessity of some of these measures is doubtful, including because of their indeterminacy; national measures excluding FTFs from citizenship; an emphasis on repression and incarceration, rather than prevention and rehabilitation and reintegration; and tensions between national and international security, and burden shifting rather than responsibility sharing.

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