Tracking Transnational Terrorist Resourcing Nodes and Networks

56 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2020

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Christian Leuprecht

Royal Military College of Canada

Arthur J. Cockfield

Queen's University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2019


In light of persistent terrorist attacks in Europe and elsewhere, the study of terrorist resourcing and financing has attracted renewed attention. How are terrorists’ networks financed? Who raises the financial “resources,” and how do they transfer them across borders? How does the global financial industry facilitate or impede these transfers? Answers to these and other questions can help law enforcement investigate, disrupt, and neutralize cross-border terrorist resourcing. Evidence and data on this phenomenon is scarce, of questionable quality, irreplicable, and can be difficult to come by. This study is the first comprehensive effort to collect, code, analyze, and compare available open-source case law data on transnational terrorist resourcing networks. Under the study’s methodology, the conventional yet strict focus on financing is broadened to resources, which includes forms other than cash, including trade-based fraud and online social networks. The analysis reveals common cross-border resourcing patterns and usage of financial intermediaries such as banks. It thus contributes to the ongoing optimization of anti-terrorist resourcing laws, policies, and risk-management practices.

Suggested Citation

Leuprecht, Christian and Cockfield, Arthur, Tracking Transnational Terrorist Resourcing Nodes and Networks (2019). Florida State University Law Review, Vol. 46, p. 289, 2019, Available at SSRN:

Christian Leuprecht

Royal Military College of Canada ( email )

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Arthur Cockfield (Contact Author)

Queen's University - Faculty of Law ( email )

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