The Thorny Nature of a Terrorism Definition in International Law
The IUP Journal of International Relations, Vol. X, No. 1, January 2016, pp. 40-55
Posted: 2 May 2016
Date Written: May 2, 2016
The acts of terrorism currently occupy a large part of the public concern and similarly a vast number of articles and research papers are written about them. Due to the prevailing divergent definitions on the international plane, the global community of states has not found adequate means of countering terrorists. Controversies exist with regard to the question whether acts of terrorism are criminal or instead more like acts of war. Also, differences about the actus reus and mens rea elements of terrorism remain. Agreement on the core components of terrorism would help to draw the conduct into the realm of international criminal law, which could be helpful to more assertively combat terrorists.
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