Obligations to prevent and punish acts of international terrorism

Kimberley N. Trapp

in State Responsibility for International Terrorism

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199592999
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729102 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs in International Law

Obligations to prevent and punish acts of international terrorism

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Chapter 3 examines the customary and treaty obligations to prevent international terrorism with a view to identifying both the scope of due diligence required for compliance and any difficulties with assessing non-compliance. It further explores the treaty obligations to extradite or submit terrorist actors to prosecution, and considers the possibility of concurrent individual and State responsibility for terrorism through an examination of the applicability of State immunity to terrorism prosecutions. Finally, Chapter 3 assesses the impact of the self-determination debate on the scope of the international terrorism suppression conventions through an analysis of their exclusion clauses. In particular, Chapter 3 treats the proposed distinction between terrorism and self-determination as a question of regime interaction between humanitarian law and the criminal law enforcement conventions applicable to international terrorism.

Keywords: Terrorism; obligation to prevent; due diligence; aut dedere aut judicare; extradition; State immunity; self-determination; humanitarian law; reservations

Chapter.  39568 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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