New Challenges in the Fight against Terrorism

Esil Conference 2017 > Theme > New Challenges in the Fight against Terrorism

Since 9/11, terrorism is often considered one of the most serious threats to international peace and security. The persistent threat of terrorism continues to shape global politics. The international community has yet to agree on a generic definition of terrorism for the purposes of prohibition and/or criminalisation. A large number of agreements, international and regional, soft and hard, deal with different forms of combating terrorism, such as terrorist financing. But the effectiveness of international law’s response to terrorism may be open to doubt. New challenges keep emerging, for example the rise of terrorist groups with state-like aspirations and the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters. Correspondingly, the need for legal certainty for states and individuals grows, especially since counter-terrorism legislation is not adopted in a legal vacuum, but must interact with other fields of international law, such as human rights law, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law.

This agora can discuss any topic related to the fight against terrorism. Specific topics of discussion include (but need not be limited to) the following questions and issues: Will it be possible to break the impasse on the Draft Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism concerning the relationship between terrorism and self- determination and the (non-)applicability of the term ‘terrorism’ to the conduct of states in the course of an armed conflict? What are the shortcomings and ways forward of listing and delisting procedures within sanctions regimes? Can the obligations enshrined in the UN Security Council Resolution 2178 (2014) be implemented in compliance with human rights law, international humanitarian law and refugee law? Is there a right to reparation for victims of terrorism? Can international criminal law be effective in fostering accountability for terrorism? What is the interplay between rules specifically designed for countering terrorism and international humanitarian law? How does and how should international law regulate targeted killings?



Roger O’ Keefe (University College London)


 Uglješa Grušić (University College London) “Private International Law and the Fight against Terrorism: UK Perspective”

 Silvia Venier and Denise Venturi (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa) “Linking Counter-Terrorism andRefugee Law: Unravelling the (Un)due Nexus with International Law”

 C. Cora True-Frost (Syracuse University College of Law) “Addressing the “Conditions Conducive to Terrorism” and the Evolving Roles of Civil Society in International Security”