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Boundaries of the Battlefield: A Critical Look at the Legal Paradigms and Rules in Countering Terrorism


Jessica Dorsey


T.M.C. Asser Instituut; University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Center for International Law

Christophe Paulussen


T.M.C. Asser Instituut

April 16, 2013

International Center for Counter Terrorism - The Hague Research Paper

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On 10 and 11 January 2013, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT), in cooperation with the International Humanitarian and Criminal Law Platform, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the Municipality of The Hague and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised a two-day symposium entitled The Boundaries of the Battlefield: A Critical Look at the Legal Paradigms and Rules in Countering Terrorism. During the symposium, twenty-seven top panellists and moderators from academia, civil society, governments, the military and multilateral organisations discussed the contours of various approaches states take against non-state actors with the goal of countering terrorism. Specifically, the symposium addressed issues related to uses of force and how these may affect and define the geographic and temporal scope and limitations of the laws of armed conflict in relation to counter-terrorism. Besides this main theme, which operates within the armed conflict paradigm, the symposium also discussed and assessed the law-enforcement paradigm. This research paper aims to highlight the main issues that were addressed during the symposium and in doing so, will follow the titles of the six panels: a) Whenever War?: Temporal Limitations to Armed Conflict; b) Wherever War?: Geographic Limitations to Armed Conflict; c) International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law: Menu à la Carte?; d) A Case Study on Targeted Killings and Drones; e) Law Enforcement Approach in Counter-Terrorism; and f) The Way Forward: The Need for a New Framework for Counter-Terrorism?

Number of Pages in PDF File: 27

Keywords: jus ad bellum, jus in bello, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, law enforcement, counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, drones, armed conflict

JEL Classification: K33, K39

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Date posted: April 16, 2013  

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Dorsey, Jessica and Paulussen, Christophe, Boundaries of the Battlefield: A Critical Look at the Legal Paradigms and Rules in Countering Terrorism (April 16, 2013). International Center for Counter Terrorism - The Hague Research Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2251866 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2251866

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Jessica Dorsey (Contact Author)
T.M.C. Asser Instituut ( email )
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Christophe Paulussen
T.M.C. Asser Instituut ( email )
P.O. Box 30461
2500 GL The Hague, 2517JN
United States
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