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Boko Haram and the Ambivalence of International Legal Response

  • John-Mark Iyi
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Abstract

There is a tendency to describe Boko Haram as a domestic terrorist group. While this may have been true in the origin and early phase of its evolution and whereas its seat of power is located in the northeast of Nigeria, it is beyond doubt now that Boko Haram is an international terrorist group. In this chapter, I argue that it is no longer relevant to maintain the ‘domestic terrorism’ and ‘international terrorism dichotomy’ with reference to Boko Haram. I argue that Boko Haram possesses the international characteristics and meets the criteria to qualify as an international terrorist group, and maintaining such distinction does not contribute to our understanding and legal response to Boko Haram as a terrorist group. This chapter concludes by highlighting the impending ‘apocalypse’ objective of global jihadists and proposes areas for future research to deepen our understanding and response to the growing threat of terrorism in Africa in general and in West Africa in particular.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John-Mark Iyi
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  1. 1.Department of JurisprudenceSchool of Law, University of VendaThohoyandouSouth Africa

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