Testing the Adequacy of the International Legal Framework in Countering Terrorism: The War Paradigm

28 Aug 2012

In this Research Paper, Dr. Christophe Paulussen explores whether the current international legal framework is sufficiently equipped to effectively deal with the threat of terrorism and counter-terrorism practices or whether it is in need of change.  The paper specifically looks at whether the current jus ad bellum (the law regulating when inter-state force may be used) and jus in bello (the law of war, the law regulating the conduct of warfare) are still suitable in the current climate. This Paper clarifies a few concepts that are often heard, and sometimes misunderstood, in the counter-terrorism discussion: counter-insurgency (and then in particular its correlation with counter-terrorism) and asymmetrical warfare. The final section offers some concluding remarks.

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How to cite:┬áPaulussen, C. “Testing the Adequacy of the International Legal Framework in Countering Terrorism: The War Paradigm”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism 3, no. 9 (2012).