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Responding to Transnational Terrorism under the Jus Ad Bellum: a Normative Framework

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This chapter explores the relationship between terrorism and international law under the jus ad bellum. In a sense, the 2006 US national security strategy (NSS) represents the maturation of counterterrorism strategy and law. The horrendous events of 9/11 shocked the international community into reconsidering the normative framework governing terrorism. Resultantly, the premise that terrorism was more than mere criminality, that it rises to the level of armed attack, has garnered wide acceptance. This acceptance is reflected in the fact that the most powerful country in the world has chosen to make counterterrorism the centerpiece of its NSS.

Keywords: 9/11 attacks; Jus Ad; jus ad bellum; Normative Framework; transnational terrorism; United Nations Charter; US national security strategy (NSS)



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