Branding Enemies: Regional Legal Responses to Terrorism in Asia

Asia-Pacific Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, 2008

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/127

15 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2008  

Ben Saul

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: October, 30 2008

Abstract

The use (and misuse) of law to counter terrorism has proliferated at the national, regional and international levels since the terrorist attacks on the United States of 11 September 2001. Asia is no exception, although the roots of counter-terrorism laws run much deeper than those which grew out of 9/11. What is relatively new in the region after 9/11 is the increase in the scope and range of specific anti-terrorism laws, including those which generically define terrorism for various purposes. Not surprisingly, in the absence of an international definition of terrorism, some national definitions of terrorism in Asia are very wide indeed. As such, this article will examine a number of key counter-terrorism legal initiatives at the regional level in Asia.

Keywords: terrorism, cooperation, Asian law, regional law, ASEAN, APEC, SAARC, human rights

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K33

Suggested Citation

Saul, Ben, Branding Enemies: Regional Legal Responses to Terrorism in Asia (October, 30 2008). Asia-Pacific Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, 2008; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/127. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1292164

Ben Saul (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

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The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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