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 40: The United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon: defining international terrorism

Guénaël Mettraux


In a Decision of 16 February 2011, which resulted from the exercise of quasi-advisory powers, the Appeals Chamber of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon determined that a crime of ‘international terrorism’ was recognized under customary international law. Having reviewed existing treaties and state practice, the Appeals Chamber offered what it said was the definition of that new international crime. Both its method and reasoning cast serious doubts about the validity of the Tribunal’s conclusions and whether there already exists an offence of ‘international terrorism’ under customary international law.

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