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Terrorism and Counterterrorism

A Moral Assessment

Authors: Wellman, Carl

  • Provides a reasoned alternative to the just war approach to the morality of terrorism
  • Integrates moral philosophy and legal analysis
  • Offers a case study of torture as a means of interrogation​
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This book presents a definition of terrorism that is broad and descriptive and much needed to prevent misunderstanding. The book identifies the features that make terrorism ‘wrong’, including coerciveness, the violation of rights and undermining of trust. Next, it evaluates reasons given for terrorism such as the protection of human rights and the liberation of oppressed groups as not normally justified. Following this, the book identifies and evaluates international responses to terrorism, taking into account General Assembly and Security Council resolutions, United Nations conventions and criminalization in international law. It also looks at national responses which often take the shape of surveillance, detention, interrogation, trials, targeted killings, intrusion and invasion. Finally, the book discusses how, if at all, the moral norms of personal morality apply to the actions of nation states.​

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • What is Terrorism?

    Wellman, Carl

    Pages 1-17

  • Why is Terrorism Wrong?

    Wellman, Carl

    Pages 19-32

  • How Could Terrorism Be Justified?

    Wellman, Carl

    Pages 33-51

  • International Responses

    Wellman, Carl

    Pages 53-76

  • State Responses

    Wellman, Carl

    Pages 77-111

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Book Subtitle
A Moral Assessment
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Law
Series Volume
9
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-6007-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-6007-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-6006-6
Series ISSN
2192-855X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 132
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