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Part I Counter-terrorism and The Rule of Law Framework, 3 The United Nations and Counter-Terrorism

Nigel D White

From: Counter-Terrorism: International Law and Practice

Edited By: Ana María Salinas de Frías, Katja Samuel, Nigel D White

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 28 February 2024

Terrorism — Opinio juris — Soft law — Self-defence — Reprisals — Armed forces — Armed conflict, international — Responsibility of states
The United Nations (UN) has come relatively late to the problem of terrorism and the issue of how to respond to it. Early arguments during the League of Nations era that an international court should be created to try terrorists did not succeed, and it was not until the 1960s that the UN turned its attention to the matter when faced with the threat of terrorism. The Cold War approach of the UN to terrorism was to try and tackle the issue in a state-based, consensual manner, reflecting the traditional values of international law.1 The post-Cold War era has...
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