Accommodating terrorism an offence against the law of nations

For a long time partial and contradictory data from practice and a somewhat sharp ideological contrast in legal doctrine constantly led to the conclusion that a consensus in the international arena did not exist.

Thirdly, the ratification record of the various treaties is quite fragmented, thus causing many loopholes.

In such cases a need for international co-operation arises and the situation is likely to become extremely complicated.

It is well known that inter-state co-operation meets peculiar problems in the criminal field, especially when politically sensitive matters are at stake.

As far as legal instruments are concerned, some developments were made following the events of 9/11, but it is regrettable that decisive improvements are yet to come, especially at a universal level.

In particular, notwithstanding the adoption of UNSC Resolution 1373 (a piece of universal legislation covering some aspects of juridical co-operation and setting up a specialized committee1), some divergences among groups of states and in theoretical approaches still seem able to make the adoption of a comprehensive UN convention difficult.

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