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 37: United Nations measures to address the root causes and conditions conducive to terrorism, and to prevent violent extremism (PVE): 1972–2019

Ben Saul


This chapter examines two shifts in counter-terrorism discourse within the United Nations, designed to prevent terrorism: (1) greater attention to the ‘conditions conductive to terrorism’ (replacing the contested language of ‘root causes’), complementing the traditional reactive emphasis on criminal suppression of terrorism; and (2) a related broadening of counter-terrorism discourse into an overlapping agenda to ‘prevent violent extremism’ (PVE) where conducive to terrorism. These trends are reflected in the UN General Assembly’s Global Counter-terrorism Strategy of 2006 and the Secretary General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violence Extremism of 2015. The advantages of these new approaches are discussed (including a renewed emphasis on the protection of human rights and the rule of law), while acknowledging a range of conceptual and practical limitations, including how the new language in some respects simply shifts the terrain of contestation into new concepts.

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