Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Terrorism and the Law: Books and Articles at the Gallagher Law Library

In 2005, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan stated at the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism, and Security that terrorism is a direct attack on the core values of the United Nations: "the rule of law; the protection of civilians; mutual respect between people of different faiths and cultures; and peaceful resolution of conflicts." In fighting terrorism, he continued, "human rights and the rule of law must always be respected." (, Mar. 10, 2005)

Following the deadly attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015, news outlets worldwide have questioned the effectiveness of current international law in preventing and addressing terrorism. In the past several months, several nations have put forth new laws in attempts to counter these kinds of attacks, but many of these laws have been criticized as too broadly defining terrorism or too harshly treating perpetrators of these acts.

Brazil's new counter-terrorism law, for instance, has been met with criticism for broadly defining an act of terror as one which "infringes upon persons, through violence or serious threat, and is motivated by political extremism, religious intolerance or racial, ethnic, gender or xenophobic prejudice, in order to cause widespread panic." (Jurist, Nov. 5, 2015) Similarly, Egypt has been criticized for sweeping security laws enacted in August that may undermine basic human rights.(BBC, Nov. 4, 2015) Israel, Lebanon, and Canada are also among the countries currently discussing changes in national terrorism laws. (The Jerusalem Post, Nov. 10, 2015) (Reuters, Nov. 13, 2015) (Ottawa Citizen, Nov. 17, 2015)

What, then, is the middle ground? What role does law play in addressing international terrorism? Answer this question by coming to the Gallagher Law Library! Here are a few titles to get started: 


Articles (available via HeinOnline, UW access only)

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