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 41: Challenges in United Nations counter-terrorism coordination

James Cockayne


This chapter explores how the United Nations system has struggled to effectively address the operational, strategic, and legal coordination problems that emerged as a result of the global war on terror since 2001, including the lack of clear political and institutional leadership. Reforms to the UN counter-terrorism architecture since 2017 finally aim to address some of these issues, including the creation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Compact Task Force (GCTCTF) and the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), headed by an Under-Secretary-General and incorporating the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT). It is too early to tell whether these reforms go far enough in meeting the coordination challenges.

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