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 36: The role of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes Terrorism Prevention Branch

Mauro Miedico

Abstract

This chapter explores the counter-terrorism mandate of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It argues that UNODC’s mandate, technical expertise, field level operational capacity and professional networks concerning various types of crime place it in a unique position to address the increasingly complex and multidimensional nature of terrorism in a coherent, comprehensive manner, through its Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) and field offices. Its core mandate is strengthening the universal legal regime against terrorism, building criminal justice capacity of Member States to more efficiently prevent and counter terrorism and violent extremism as and when conducive to terrorism, as well as facilitating international judicial cooperation in terrorism-related matters.

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