Counterterrorism Law and Policy
Welcome to LawShelf’s video-course on counterterrorism law. In this course, we’ll introduce you to the strategies the United States, its allies and international organizations such as the United Nations, use when combatting global terrorism. This is an introductory level course and no prior experience or knowledge of international law or national security law is necessary.
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, fighting terrorism and preventing terrorist acts across the world have become hallmarks of U.S. foreign policy. How does the United States fight terrorism though and what are the legal sources for these methods to halting this menace?
course begins by defining the law of armed conflict and setting out the sources
for this law, customary international law and treaties. We also describe how
the United States’ War on Terror has affected this area of law, by illustrating
how war is now fought as well as how timing and geographic scope of war have
the second module, we discuss the capture of terrorist suspects, as well as the
judicial aspects of suspect detention, including rights, conditions, and
duration. Next, we move to the “law
enforcement paradigm” and identify the U.S. agencies most involved in combating
terrorism and specifically looking at each of the roles and methods employed by
each. Here, we’ll also learn about the legality of different methods for
the fourth module, we discuss non-criminal sanctions used to combat terrorism
and will analyze the effectiveness of imposing economic sanctions and civil
liability on terrorists for their acts. Finally, we wrap up by surveying international
counterterrorism efforts and the laws behind international cooperation as well
as the policies and strategies employed by countries and organizations when
working together to halt terrorism.
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