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Defining International Terrorism

Between State Sovereignty and Cosmopolitanism

Part of the International Criminal Justice Series book series (ICJS, volume 15)

About this book


This book is an attempt to approach the issue of defining international terrorism, proposing

that the most workable way to do so is to achieve due balance between the two principal driving

forces of international law developments: State sovereignty interests and cosmopolitan ideals.

All those who aspire to the promotion of international criminal justice and the fight against

impunity agree that the formulation of a universal definition of international terrorism will

further enhance the fight against terrorism and offer a universally acceptable legal framework

within which this fight can be conducted.

Discussed in an in-depth manner are, for instance, the UN Charter Provisions, the Rome

Statute and the principle of complementarity, the Kampala amendments on the crime of

aggression, the paradigms of aggression and terrorism, and prominent anti-terrorist

Security Council Resolutions such as Resolution 1368 and Resolution 1373.

The volume broadens the reader’s understanding on how State sovereignty interests

and priorities as well as ideals of cosmopolitanism have influenced the development of

international law in general and international criminal law in particular. Furthermore,

it simplifies the complicated picture of defining international crimes by explaining how

the ‘State sovereignty’ and ‘Cosmopolitanism’ dynamics have also been of relevance

throughout the drafting process of the definition of the crime of aggression for the

purposes of the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court. In addition, it

equips the reader with an understanding of the reasons behind the lack of an international

definition for terrorism and suggests an appropriate context within which

such a definition can take shape.

It intends to appeal to academics and students with an interest in international criminal

law and the international criminal justice system, international law and security, but

also to anyone with an interest in transnational crime and counter-terrorism.

Stella Margariti has recently graduated from the University of Dundee where she

attained the title of Doctor from the School of Law.


International Terrorism Definition of Terrorism Universal Definition of Terrorism Definitions of International Crimes Crime of Aggression The Kampala Amendments International Criminal Court Rome Statute Article 5 State Sovereign Interests Cosmopolitan Theory, Cosmopolitan Ideals

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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Defining International Terrorism
  • Book Subtitle Between State Sovereignty and Cosmopolitanism
  • Authors Stella Margariti
  • Series Title International Criminal Justice Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title International Criminal Justice Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information T.M.C. Asser Press and the author 2017
  • Publisher Name T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology Law and Criminology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-6265-203-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-6265-204-0
  • Series ISSN 2352-6718
  • Series E-ISSN 2352-6726
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 186
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics International Criminal Law
    Criminal Justice
    Terrorism and Political Violence
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