What is 'Terrorism'? Problems of Legal Definition

University of NSW Law Journal, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 270-295, 2004

26 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2009

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Ben Golder

Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales

George Williams

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

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Date Written: 2004

Abstract

In this article the authors review a number of recent legislative efforts to define 'terrorism' in common law jurisdictions and, on the basis of that review, make several recommendations as to the way in which that concept should be defined. These are, broadly: that a general and not a specific approach be adopted; that specific exceptions be made in favour of advocacy and civil protest; and, finally, that legislation should remain the primary means of defining terrorism.

Keywords: Terrorism, definition, legislation

Suggested Citation

Golder, Ben and Williams, George, What is 'Terrorism'? Problems of Legal Definition (2004). University of NSW Law Journal, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 270-295, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1351612

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George Williams

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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