Precursor crimes of terrorism

Authored by: Manuel Cancio Meliá , Anneke Petzsche

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


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When dealing with the subject of precursor crimes of terrorism one first has to ask, ‘What exactly is meant by this term?’ While the term is frequently used in articles in the field of terrorism law, 1 it is difficult to find a clear and mutually agreed upon definition. Therefore it is imperative to first define how this term ought to be understood and conceptualised, since only by giving it a precise definition can it be usefully employed in academic debate. Thus, the aim of this chapter is to narrow the definition down to its relevant core, to discuss the problematic developments in this field of law and then to present suggestions on how to resolve the identified problems.

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