Task Force on International Terrorism

​​​​​​As international terrorism gains increasing global prominence, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has examined the implications for international law and practice. To tackle this dynamic and often controversial area the IBAHRI convened a Task Force on Terrorism.

Task Force Report: Terrorism and International Law - Accountability, Remedies and Reform (2011)

This Task Force comprised world famous jurists and was chaired by Justice Richard Goldstone. This book provides a global overview of counter-terrorism, including but not restricted to the US-led ‘war on terror’, by considering case law and examples of state practice from all continents. Other issues addressed in the report include:

  • The framework of international conventions against terrorism
  • International humanitarian law
  • International human rights law
  • The investigation and prosecution of terrorist crimes and of international crimes committed in the course of counter-terrorism
  • Reform in counter-terrorism
  • Victims’ right to a remedy and reparations


The report closes with conclusions and recommendations from the Task Force focusing on how the international community can ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law when responding to the threat of terrorism.

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