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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


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The thesis adopted in our introductory chapter was that terrorism laws have proliferated in domestic laws since the events of 9/11 and that this spread has reflected a general (but by no means complete) drift from the ‘Total War on Terror’ to ‘Total Counter-terrorism’. The trend of proliferation has surely been demonstrated by the weight of materials contained within the nearly thirty substantive chapters now set out in this Handbook. The authors have described and analysed laws that have overwhelmingly been devised since 9/11, with only a few jurisdictions (one notable and much copied example being the UK’s TA 2000, with others, inter alia, in France, Israel, and Malaysia) maintaining extensive codes in place before that date. In addition, though our contributors’ extensive surveys give a full flavour of the ‘Total Counter-terrorism’ framework, they by no means exhaust the totality of that catalogue. The nearest to an exhaustive survey has been undertaken by the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC). 1 But even that august body has found it challenging to obtain comprehensive and accurate details from all 192 UN member states, and it has largely abandoned after 2006 the effort to present either the raw country reports or its critique thereupon.

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