The belief that international humanitarian law (IHL) may provide a suitable legal framework for the regulation of international terrorism and responses thereto is fairly widespread. After all, IHL clearly prohibits acts of terrorism, it revolves around the principles that civilians and their property must be protected, that a distinction must be made between civilian and military objectives and that unnecessary suffering must be prevented. Most, if not all, acts of terrorism would violate these fundamental principles. Moreover, IHL lays down specific rules...
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