Readership: Academics and postgraduate students in
international law, international relations, defence/strategic studies, and politics; government and UN legal advisers, NGOs, international and regional organizations, and specialist institutes in security, and terrorism.
Ben Saul, Director of the Sydney Centre for International Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney
"This book is a fine example of great scholarship. Saul provides the reader with many references to literature and philosophy, thereby opening up the reader's understanding of terrorism and international law more generally. Undoubtedly, this book deserves to be called 'seminal', for there are no other works that provide such an in-depth examination and analysis of the concept of terrorism." - 29 Legal Studies (2009)
"a study that is highly impressive in its comprehensiveness and depth of analysis. It is this balanced approach and detail of analysis that make this study so valuable and that will undoubtedly establish it as the essential starting point for any further attempts to define terrorism in international law." - Human Rights Law Review (2007)
"This book is immediately recognizable for its thoroughness in research and meticulousness in detail. the usefulness of the book in the overall development of a coherent legal framework for fighting terrorism is assured."
"Ben Saul's book is an exceptional study of the issue. Despite the fact that many scholars have written extensively on terrorism, this book is exemplary of fine scholarship and deserves a wide readership. Saul's book is erudite, clear, and informative without being turgid. The author makes interesting and stimulating points, thus opening up the reader's horizons to further reflect on the issue. The arguments employed are strengthened by extensive empirical research. Given the persistent disagreement about defining terrorism over many years this book is highly educative."
"He deftly addresses one of the trickiest issues in defining terrorism - how to treat asymmetric warfare in self-determination movements. It is quite thorough in its detail making the monograph useful as a reference text. Throughout the monograph, Saul maintains an even-handed tone - even when discussing potentially inflammatory matters such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Saul's monograph lays out a strong case for addressing terrorism on the international level as a crime and presents a coherent framework for doing so. a good start toward making international law relevant to post-9/11 terrorism." - American Journal of International Law (2007)
"One can recommend this book to everyone interested in the problematic of terrorism." - Panstwo I Prawo (Poland) (2008)
"the book provides a sophisticated study of the definition of terrorism in international law. It is a comprehensive and important contribution to the existing literature." - Irish Yearbook of International Law (2006)
Introduction: Concepts of Terrorism
1: Reasons for Defining and Criminalizing Terrorism
Nature of International Crimes
International Criminological Policy
Terrorism as a Discrete International Crime
Elements of a Definition of Terrorism
2: Defending 'Terrorism': Justifications and Excuses for Terrorist Violence
Common Justifications for Terrorism
Criminal Law Defences to Terrorism
Circumstances Precluding Group Responsibility
'Illegal but Justifiable' Terrorism
Discretion and Law: Never Negotiate with Terrorists?
3: Terrorism in International and Regional Treaty Law
Transnational Criminal Law Treaties
Treaties of Regional Organizations
Attempts at Definition in Treaty Law 1930 - 2005
4: Terrorism in Customary International Law
UN General Assembley Practice
UN Security Council Practice
Judicial Decisions Defining Terrorism
National Terrorism Legislation
5: Terrorism in International Humanitarian Law
Early Developments 1919 - 1948
Second World War and Aftermath 1939 - 1948
1949 Geneva Conventions and 1977 Protocols
International Criminal Tribunals since 1993
Individual Criminal Responsibility for 'Terrorism'
Customary Crimes of Terrorism in Armed Conflict
US Military Commissions and 'Terrorism'
No Separate Category of 'Terrorist'
Conclusion: Proving Terror, Avoiding Duplication