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Regulatory Counter-Terrorism

A Critical Appraisal of Proactive Global Governance, 1st Edition

By Nathanael Tilahun Ali


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Regulatory Counter-Terrorism explores an emerging terrain in which the global governance of terrorism is expanding. This terrain is that of proactive regulatory governance – the management of the day-to-day activities of individuals and entities in order to pre-emptively minimize vulnerability to terrorism. Overshadowed by the more publicized dimensions of military and criminal justice responses to terrorism, regulatory counter-terrorism has grown in size and impact without stirring up as much academic debate.

Through a critical assessment of international regulatory counter-terrorism in three areas – financial services, the control of arms and dangerous materials, and the cross-border movement of persons and goods – this volume identifies a dynamic trend. This is the refashioning of international rule making into a flexible and experimental exercise. This volume shows how this transformation is affecting societies across the world in new ways and in the process unravelling settled understandings of international law. Furthermore, through an in-depth analysis of the working processes of UN counter-terrorism bodies and the Financial Action Task Force, this book illustrates that the monitoring of the global counter-terrorism regime is, contrary to accepted understanding, in the main collaborative and managerial, and coercive only peripherally. Dynamic rule making and soft monitoring complement each other, but this is a reason for concern: the softening of international monitoring encourages regulatory adventurism by states in tackling terrorism, while the element of self-correction in dynamic rule making helps silence the calls for institutionalized mechanisms of accountability.

This volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of counter-terrorism, security studies, global governance, and international law.

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: Early International Governance of Terrorism as Aristocratic Mutual Protection

    Chapter 3: Post-War International Governance of Terrorism as Mutual-Scrutiny of States

    Chapter 4: The Cosmopolitan Turn

    Chapter 5: The Proactive Expansion

    Chapter 6: Dynamism in Counter-Terrorism Rule Making

    Chapter 7: Managerial Monitoring of Counter-Terrorism Rules

    Chapter 8: Conclusion

About the Author

Nathanael Tilahun Ali is an Assistant Professor in Public International Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He has been a visiting researcher at various institutions, including University of Cambridge, Queen Mary University of London, and University of California, Berkeley.

About the Series

Politics of Transnational Law

Politics of Transnational Law is edited by Tanja Aalberts and Wouter Werner (VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands).

This interdisciplinary series explores the changing dynamics between politics and law in a globalizing world. These dynamics illustrate the growing importance and vitality of cross disciplinary research that transcends traditional disciplinary divides, domains and categories. Focused on the ‘Politics of Transnational Law’, this series provides a platform for studies that critically reflect on the interplay between politics and law as international and transnational practices. It investigates the heterogeneous landscape of contemporary law-making, and the different kinds of politics this global ordering relates to. The series is unique in that it is jointly shared by the law and politics divisions within Routledge and will be actively promoted in both subjects areas.

Editorial Committee for the series:

Prof. dr Jeffrey Dunoff, Temple University Beasley School of Law, USA
Prof. dr Fleur Johns, University of New South Wales, Australia
Prof. dr Friedrich Kratochwil, Central European University, Hungary
Prof. dr Anna Leander, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Prof. dr Gregor Noll, Lund University, Sweden
Dr Sarah Nouwen, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, UK
Dr Nikolas Rajkovic, Tilburg University, the Netherlands

This is a new series and we are keen to receive proposals for new books. To submit or discuss a proposal please contact: Emma Tyce, Editor (Law) or Rob Sorsby, Editor (Politics) 

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