What’s in a word? War, law and counter-terrorism

Authored by: Laurie R Blank

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.ch4

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Abstract

After 9/11, counter-terrorism became a global phenomenon and effort. States had undertaken measures to combat terrorism for many years, but, in the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, counter-terrorism became an international buzzword and mission, one to which all countries were summoned. The UN Security Council passed numerous resolutions calling on states to enact, implement and enforce laws that would prevent terrorist attacks, restrict terrorist financing and strengthen international cooperation on counter-terrorist efforts. Counter-terrorism cooperation became a focus for conversation and shared purpose among countries where little might otherwise have existed. Counter-terrorism also served as the impetus for legislative and executive action. Countries around the world passed laws to inhibit terrorist financing, enhance intelligence collection and surveillance, bolster criminal codes for the prosecution of terrorists and restructure government departments to maximise the use of resources. 1

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