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Security Council Resolution 2178 (2014): The “Foreign Terrorist Fighter” as an International Legal Person, Part I

This is Part I of a two-part post. Read Part II here. Introduction At a summit meeting of 24 September in which over 50 government representatives were heard, the Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2178 (2014) which foresees measures to contain the travel of and support for persons intending to participate in terror acts, notably against the background of the rise of the group “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) and the Al-Nusra front and other affiliates of Al-Qaida. Resolution 2178 “reaffirms” what previous resolutions since 9/11 had found, namely that “terrorism [normally committed by natural persons] … constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security” (preamble first indent; see previously, e.g., UNSC res. 1368 (2001)). In preamble indent 12, the Council defines a “new threat”, namely the “foreign terrorist fighter threat” which “includes, among others, individuals supporting acts or activities of Al-Qaida and its cells”. Most paragraphs of the res. 2178 are, in their structure, not novel.

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Towards a New Global Treaty on Crimes Against Humanity

Leila Nadya Sadat is the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law and Israel Treiman Faculty Fellow at Washington University School of Law and has been the Director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute since 2007. Douglas J. Pivnichny, JD, is the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute Fellow at Washington University…

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Palestine, UN Non-Member Observer Status and ICC Jurisdiction

On 22 January 2009, the Palestinian Minister of Justice, on behalf of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), lodged a declaration recognizing the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) (pictured left) ‘for the purpose of identifying, prosecuting and judging the authors and accomplices of acts committed on the territory of Palestine since 1 July 2002.’ On…

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Was the US Entitled to Require the Departure of the (former) Indian Consul?

For my previous posts on legal issues arising out of the diplomatic incident between the United States and India regarding arrest of the Indian Deputy Consul-General see Part I and…

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The Immunity of Representatives to the UN: A New Twist in the Diplomatic Row Between India and the United States

Part 1 and Part 3 The diplomatic row between India and the United States over the arrest and prosecution of Devyani Khobragade, the Indian…

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