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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