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

Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, Vol. 16 (2014 Forthcoming)

Posted: 6 Aug 2014

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Jessica Dorsey

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

Christophe Paulussen

T.M.C. Asser Instituut

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Date Written: June 18, 2014

Abstract

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. Specifically, this paper elaborates on a number of key questions raised during the conference; these relate to the temporal and geographical limitations of armed conflict, the interplay between international humanitarian law and international human rights law, as well as the use of drones, the law enforcement approach to counter-terrorism and the possible need for a new framework for countering terrorism.

Note: This is a finalized version of a working paper from the International Center for Counter Terrorism-The Hague originally published online 16 April 2013.

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

Suggested Citation

Dorsey, Jessica and Paulussen, Christophe, Boundaries of the Battlefield: A Critical Look at the Legal Paradigms and Rules in Countering Terrorism (June 18, 2014). Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, Vol. 16 (2014 Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2475815

Jessica Dorsey (Contact Author)

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Christophe Paulussen

T.M.C. Asser Instituut ( email )

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2500 GL The Hague, 2517JN
Netherlands

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