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The International Law Of Terrorism

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The anti-terrorist conventions and protocols adopted under UN auspices provided a basis for worldwide harmonisation of legislation and cooperation in criminal matters related to terrorist acts. The objective technique used in the UN conventions and protocols may account, at least to some extent, for the assessment that 'terrorism' as a term is without legal significance. The UN droit acquis of the sectoral instruments, supported by the 1994 and 1996 declarations as well as by innumerable resolutions, defines terrorism as specific forms of serious violent crime. The targets of terrorist acts have played an important role in the definition of the offences under the UN anti-terrorist instruments. The Convention on Terrorist Financing contains the broadest and the most detailed definition of the targets of terrorist acts in international law to date. The Convention on Terrorist Financing, in particular, also contains elements of a new understanding of the dynamics of international terrorism.

Keywords: anti-terrorist conventions; international law; international terrorism; terrorist acts; UN droit acquis



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