The Crimes of Terrorism

28 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2008 Last revised: 4 Sep 2020

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Beth Van Schaack

Stanford Law School

Ronald C. Slye

Independent; Seattle University School of Law

Date Written: July 11, 2020


This work is a chapter for a forthcoming book on The Essentials of International Criminal Law to be published by Aspen Publishers as part of its Essentials series. This chapter discusses the contested concept of terrorism under international law, with a focus on efforts to criminalize the phenomenon. In particular, it discusses the major obstacles to achieving an omnibus definition of the crime with a particular emphasis on the intersection of the prohibitions against terrorism and international humanitarian law. Additional chapters in the text address the history of ICL, the sources of ICL, the major international crimes and defenses, and ICL reasoning and rhetoric. Publication is expected in October 2008.

Keywords: International Criminal Law

Suggested Citation

Van Schaack, Beth and Slye, Ronald C., The Crimes of Terrorism (July 11, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

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