Peremptory Norms of General International Law (Jus Cogens) and the Prohibition of Terrorism

In Peremptory Norms of International Law and Terrorism (Jus Cogens) and the Prohibition of Terrorism, Aniel de Beer analyses the role of these norms ( jus cogens norms) in the fight against terrorism. Jus cogens norms protect fundamental values of the international community, are hierarchically superior and non-derogable. The author argues, based on an analysis of the sources of international law, that the prohibition of terrorism has become the jus cogens norm of our time. She further considers the impact of the status of the prohibition of terrorism as a jus cogens norm on other norms of international law relevant in the fight against terrorism, namely the prohibition of torture, the right to a fair trial and the prohibition of the inter-state use of force.

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Biographical Note

Aniel de Beer, Ph.D. (2018), University of Pretoria, is a Research Associate to the South African Research Chair in International Law, University of Johannesburg. She has published and lectured internationally on the role of international law in the fight against terrorism.

Table of contents

Foreword: Prof Dire Tladi
Foreword: Prof Hennie Strydom
Table of Statutes
Table of Cases
Table of Treaties and Other Instruments
Abbreviations

Introduction

1 The Prohibition of Terrorism under International Law
 1 Introduction
 2 A Brief History of the Prohibition of Terrorism under International Law
 3 The Status of the Prohibition of Terrorism
 4 The Definition of Terrorism
 5 The Draft Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism
 6 Conclusion

2 The Prohibition of Terrorism as a Jus Cogens Norm
 1 Introduction
 2 An Historical Overview of Jus Cogens
 3 The Identification of Jus Cogens Norms in International Law
 4 Does the Prohibition of Terrorism Meet the Criteria and Characteristics of a Jus Cogens Norm?
 5 The Core Characteristics and the Prohibition of Terrorism as a Jus Cogens Norm
 6 Conclusion

3 The Prohibition of Terrorism and the Prohibition of Torture
 1 Introduction
 2 The Prohibition of Torture under International Law
 3 Is the Prohibition of Torture a Jus Cogens Norm?
 4 The Prohibition of Torture and the Jus Cogens Prohibition of Terrorism
 5 Conclusion

4 The Prohibition of Terrorism and the Right to a Fair Trial
 1 Introduction
 2 Core Fair Trial Rights
 3 Are the Core Fair Trial Rights Jus Cogens?
 4 Core Characteristics
 5 Core Fair Trial Rights and the Jus Cogens Prohibition of Terrorism
 6 Conclusion

5 The Prohibition of Terrorism and International Law Relating to the Use of Force
 1 Introduction
 2 The Use of Force: An Overview
 3 The Prohibition of the Use of Force as a Jus Cogens Norm
 4 The Use of Force in the Context of Terrorism
 5 A Normative Conflict?
 6 Conclusion

Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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