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 33: Redress for victims of terrorist acts in a deteriorating international political climate

Ilaria Bottigliero and Lyal S. Sunga


This chapter notes that, despite a deteriorating international political climate that militates against cooperation on the issue of victims’ redress for acts of terror, there have been some positive developments. The UN Secretary-General, UN Human Rights Council, UN High-Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism, and the UN Office of Drugs and Crime have maintained their focus on victims of terrorism, and regional and sub-regional frameworks have also done so. Significant contributions have come from international criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court. However, domestic avenues for victims of terrorism remain uneven and often they have been overly encumbered by procedural conditions that restrict access to both monetary and non-monetary forms of redress. Bottigliero and Sunga call for a more global approach to assist victims of terrorism and their families to access redress and for the elaboration of a more unified and comprehensive redress system for victims of terrorism in line with applicable UN norms and standards.

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