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 34: The United Nations General Assembly and terrorism

Jane Boulden


Since 1972, the United Nations General Assembly has played an important, and often underappreciated, role in developing international legislation in response to terrorism. The Assembly has been central to the development of 19 international conventions dealing with terrorism. This chapter outlines the origins and main provisions of those conventions, as well as the other kinds of counter-terrorism strategies undertaken by the General Assembly. Both of these approaches link to the nearly complete, but stalled, UN effort to develop a comprehensive convention against international terrorism. At the core of all of these efforts is the difficulty inherent in attempting to find an agreed definition of terrorism. Although this remains a key stumbling block it should not detract from what the Assembly has achieved even though a comprehensive convention remains elusive.

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