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213T Terrorism and International Law (2)

Seminar - 2 hours. In this seminar we will explore a number of basic questions: What is terrorism? How can this type of violence be effectively punished and prevented? What is the role of the United Nations and of other inter-governmental organizations in this process? What is the role of international law? What are the roles of individual states? What limitations does international law place on the means that may be used to respond to such violence? How does terrorism itself impact human rights? While we may not be able to definitively answer all of these questions, we will examine them together through the readings and class discussions. The course was originally developed as an academic response to the atrocities of September 11, 2001. Obviously, international terrorism remains a pressing concern. Devising effective strategies for responding to it within the bounds of the law is critical. Therefore, the new generation of international lawyers needs to be familiar with the relevant law and standards. Moreover, this affords students with general interest the opportunity to engage with one of the key public policy challenges of our time, an opportunity useful to all in this day and age.

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