The Crime of Terrorism and the Right of Revolution in International Law
University of Zagreb - Faculty of Law
January 1, 2013
Connecticut Journal of International Law, Vol. 28, No. 241, 2013
The revolution you dream of is not ours. You don't want to change the world, you want to blow it up. -- Jean-Paul Sartre, Dirty Hands (1948).
In this Article the author discusses the problem of how to distinguish terrorists and freedom fighters by offering a new perspective on the matter: the constitutional and international law concept of the right of revolution.
The Article contains a historical and a comparative constitutional analysis which lead to the recognition of terrorism as a crime under international law and of the right of revolution as a general principle of law. The Article addresses legal issues arising in some of the major contemporary events from 9/11 to Arab Spring Uprisings (with a special focus on Syria) as well as the 2011 interlocutory decision of the Special tribunal for Lebanon. Finally, the analysis provides criteria of when and how a revolutionary use of force is justified.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 55
Keywords: terrorism, right of revolution, right to resistance, right to rebellion
Date posted: September 25, 2013 ; Last revised: January 23, 2014