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The ‘War on Terror' and the Framework of International Law

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107601727

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  • Helen Duffy's analysis of international law and practice in relation to terrorism and counter-terrorism provides a framework for analysing the lawfulness of the many legislative, policy and judicial developments which have proliferated since 9/11. Among the many specific issues she addresses are targeted killings and the death of Osama bin Laden, detentions (including Guantanamo Bay), sanctions regimes, surveillance, extraordinary renditions, the prohibition on 'association' or 'support' for terrorism and the evolving preventive role of criminal law. She also considers the unfolding responses to political and judicial wrongs committed in the war on terror, such as the impact of the courts on human rights protection. While exploring areas of controversy, uncertainty and flux, she questions post-9/11 allegations of gaping holes, inadequacies or transformation in the international legal order and concludes by highlighting characteristics of the 'war on terror' and questioning its longer term implications.

    • Combines academic rigour with a practitioner's insights in order to make clear the relevance of the legal framework and the interplay of different rules in specific situations
    • Presents an overview of the practice of counter-terrorism as it has unfolded since 9/11 and provides a basis for the analysis of their lawfulness and effectiveness
    • Provides a comprehensive analysis of international legal issues arising in relation to terrorism and counter-terrorism brings together all areas of international law
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107601727
    • length: 1070 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 55 mm
    • weight: 1.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Terrorism and Responsibility:
    2. 'Terrorism' in international law
    Part II. Responding to Terrorism:
    3. Legal framework and practice
    4. Criminal justice
    5. The use of force
    6. International humanitarian law
    7. International human rights law
    Part III. Case Studies:
    8. Case study 1: Guantanamo Bay detentions under international human rights and humanitarian law
    9. Case study 2: justice done? The killing of Osama bin Laden
    10. Case study 3: extraordinary rendition
    11. The role of the courts: human rights litigation in the war on terror
    12. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Helen Duffy, Universiteit Leiden
    Helen Duffy runs 'Human Rights in Practice', an international law practice specialising in strategic human rights litigation in regional and international fora. She is Gieskes Professor of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Universiteit Leiden and Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow. Helen's previous positions include as Legal Director of INTERIGHTS, Legal Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Counsel to Human Rights Watch, Legal Director of the Centre for Human Rights Legal Action (Guatemala), Legal Adviser to the UK Judicial 'Arms for Iraq' Inquiry and Legal Officer in the UK government legal service.

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