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United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Terrorism Prevention

Terrorism continues to pose a major threat to international peace and security and undermines the core values of the United Nations. In addition to the devastating human cost of terrorism, in terms of lives lost or permanently altered, terrorist acts aim to destabilize governments and undermine economic and social development.

For over a decade, the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has been the key United Nations entity providing legal counter-terrorism technical assistance to Member States.  As mandated by the United Nations General Assembly, the Branch works to assist Member States, upon request, with the ratification, legislative incorporation and implementation of the universal legal framework against terrorism.

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Key Documents

In the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy which was adopted by the General Assembly on 8 September 2006, Member States underscored the importance of existing international counter-terrorism instruments by pledging to consider becoming parties to them without delay and implementing their provisions.

International Conventions

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UNODC Terrorism Resources

Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF)

The Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) was established by the Secretary-General in 2005 and endorsed by the General Assembly through the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, which was adopted by consensus in 2006. The mandate of the CTITF is to enhance coordination and coherence of counter-terrorism efforts of the United Nations system. The Task Force consists of 34 international entities which by virtue of their work have, have a stake in multilateral counter-terrorism efforts. Each entity makes contributions consistent with its own mandate.

 

Books

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Victims of Terrorism: A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Study - Lynch, Orla and Argonamiz, Javier, editors
ISBN: 9780415836593
Publication Date: 2015
This book is based on extensive fieldwork in Northern Ireland, London and Spain and presents the results, which focus on the needs and experiences of victims of terrorism And political violence as a critical analysis of these findings, both comparatively and in their own right. The aim is to assess the provision of support initiatives in Northern Ireland, mainland UK and Spain, and understand if victims’ needs are being met by these initiatives but most importantly to construct a picture of the local and international interpretations of the experience of victimisation by terrorism.

This book will be of much interest to students of terrorism and political violence, victimology, criminology, security studies and IR.

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Comparative Counter-Terrorism Law - Kent Roach (Editor)
Call Number: 343.851 [9726]
ISBN: 9781107057074
Publication Date: 2015-07-23
Terrorism law is as international as it is regionally distinct and as difficult to define as it is essential to address. Given recent pressures to harmonize terrorism laws from international organizations like the United Nations Security Council, the Financial Action Task Force, and the Council of Europe, this book presents readers with an up-to-date assessment of terrorism law across the globe. Covering twenty-two jurisdictions across six continents, the common framework used for each chapter facilitates national comparisons of a range of laws including relevant criminal, administrative, financial, secrecy, and military laws. Recognizing that similar laws may yield different outcomes when transplanted into new contexts, priority of place is given to examples of real world application. Including a thematic introduction and conclusion, this book will help establish comparative counter-terrorism law as an emerging discipline crossing the boundaries of domestic and international law.

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Critical Debates on Counter-Terrorist Judicial Review - Fergal F. Davis (Editor); Fiona de Londras (Editor)
ISBN: 9781107053618
Publication Date: 2014-10-02
Is judicial review an effective and appropriate way to regulate counter-terrorism measures? Some argue that the judiciary is ill-equipped to examine such measures, for instance because they lack the expertise of the institutions which bring them about under exigent conditions. Others claim that subjecting counter-terrorism measures to judicial review is crucial for maintaining a jurisdiction's principles of constitutionalism. This volume brings together voices from all sides of the debate from a broad range of jurisdictions, from North America, Europe and Australasia. It does not attempt to 'resolve' the argument but rather to explore it in all its dimensions. The debates are essentially concerned with fundamental questions of organising and making accountable the exercise of power in a particularly challenging environment. The book is necessary reading for all those concerned with counter-terrorism, but also with broader public law, constitutional law and administrative law principles.

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Prison, Terrorism and Extremism - Andrew Silke (Editor)
Call Number: 343.26 P75 [9561]
ISBN: 9780415810388
Publication Date: 2014-02-13
The management of terrorist and extremist prisoners has long been recognised as a difficult problem in prisons. In most countries, such offenders are relatively rare, but when their numbers increase these prisoners can undermine the effectiveness and safety of the prison system. At a global level there is an increasing recognition of the problem of militant jihadi extremists in prison and their ability to recruit new members among other prisoners. The numbers of such prisoners are low but growing and, as a result, prisons are becoming centres of radicalisation; indeed, in some cases, terrorist plots appear to have been based entirely on networks that were radicalised in prison. This volume presents an expertly informed assessment of what we know about terrorists, extremists and prison, exploring the experience of a wide range of countries and of different political movements. Drawing critical lessons from historical case studies, the book examines critical issues around management strategies, radicalisation and deradicalisation, reform, risk assessment, as well as post-release experiences. The role that prisoners play in the conflicts beyond the jail walls is also examined, with case studies illustrating how prisoners can play a critical role in bringing about a peace process or alternatively in sustaining or even escalating campaigns of violence.

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Dirty Entanglements: corruption, crime, and terrorism - Louise I. Shelley
Call Number: 343.9.024:336.7 S44 [8670]
ISBN: 9781107689305
Publication Date: 2014-07-28
The entangled threat of crime, corruption, and terrorism now deserves high-level policy attention because of its growth trajectory. Using lively case studies, this book analyzes the transformation of crime and terrorism and the business logic of terrorism. Corruption, crime, and terrorism will remain important security challenges in the twenty-first century as a result of economic and demographic inequalities in the world, the rise of ethnic and sectarian violence, climate change, the growth of technology, and the failure of nineteenth- and twentieth-century institutions to respond to these challenges when they emerged.

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Terrorist Financing, Money Laundering and Tax Evasion - Jayesh D'Souza
Call Number: 343.9.024:336.7 D76 [5722]
ISBN: 9781439828502
Publication Date: 2011-08-08
Tracking funding is a critical part of the fight against terrorism and as the threat has escalated, so has the development of financial intelligence units designed to investigate suspicious transactions. The book provides a thorough analysis of the financing phenomenon from the raising of funds to government agencies' efforts to interdict them to measuring and monitoring the outcomes of these efforts. It also presents an overview of anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing initiatives in several regions around the globe: the European Union, Asia Pacific, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Africa. It concludes with a survey of experts' opinions on the efficacy of current programs and recommendations for improving government performance in countering terrorist financing and related money laundering and tax evasion.

Journals

  • The Economist  Icon
    The Economist offers authoritative insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science, technology and the connections between them.
  • International Affairs  Icon
    International Affairs is a peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes bimonthly original articles in international politics, economics, security and other fields published by the Royal Institute of International Affairs, extensive numbers of book reviews and lists of recently published books.
  • Studies in Conflict and Terrorism  Icon
    Studies in Conflict and Terrorism publishes original articles, and theoretical and empirical studies on the causes of conflicts, their motivations and their forms, ethnic and religious conflicts, conflicts of the 1990s as they are now being waged in varying degrees of intensity in the world today. Subjects: Terrorism, Insurgency & Political Violence.
  • Middle East Policy  Icon
    Middle East Policy, an academic peer-reviewed journal, provides an influential forum for a wide range of views on U.S. interests in the region and the value of the policies that are supposed to promote them. Its subjects include: Diplomacy & International Relations; Middle East & North Africa.
  • Crime, Law and Social Change  Icon
    Crime, Law and Social Change is a peer reviewed journal. It publishes essays and reviews on topics such as financial crime, political corruption, and environmental crime.
 

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