Introduction

Authored by: Genevieve Lennon , Clive Walker

Routledge Handbook of Law and Terrorism

Print publication date:  July  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415870375
eBook ISBN: 9780203795835
Adobe ISBN: 9781134455096

10.4324/9780203795835.ch1

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Abstract

Terrorism laws have proliferated since the events of 9/11. Those attacks were deemed to demonstrate to the world not only a heightened risk of terrorism but also need for imperative action by all states. That message was promulgated immediately by the United Nations Security Council which,by Resolution 1368 on 12 September 2001, ‘Call … on the international community to redouble their efforts to prevent and suppress terrorist acts including by increased cooperation and full implementation of the relevant international anti-terrorist conventions…’. Further details followed in Resolution 1373 of 28 September 2001, which required compliance with international laws against terrorism financing, the passage of domestic laws against recruitment and other forms of support, no safe havens, and the institution of the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) to chivvy national implementation. This intervention demanded a substantial augmentation of pre-existing requirements to impose economic sanctions on those linked to the Taliban and Al Qa’ida. 1 The international clamour for action by no means ended in 2001, and aside from the ongoing activities of the CTC, new demands have been issued in 2005 for laws against the incitement and glorification of terrorism 2 and in 2014 against the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters being exported to theatres of conflict such as Iraq and Syria. 3 Expressions of concern about the impact on human rights have tended to take longer to develop, whether in international or domestic laws. 4

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