The Law of Terrorism - LAW 70436


Professor J. Gurulé

Paper Topics


Electronic Files


Case Law - United States

  • October 2011 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) Memorandum Opinion on NSA Surveillance Program (Redacted/Unclassified).

  • ACLU v. National Security Agency, 438 F. Supp.2d 754 (E.D. Mich. 2006). (Word) (PDF)

  • Boim v. Quaranic Literacy Institute, 340 F.Supp.2d 885 (N.D.Ill.,2004). (Word) (PDF)

  • Boim v. Quaranic Literacy Institute, 291 F.3d 1000 (7th Cir. 2002). (Word) (PDF)

  • Boim v. Holy Land Found., 549 F.3d 685 (7th Cir. 2008) (en banc).

  • Boumediene v. Bush, 553 U.S. 723 (2008).

  • Global Relief Found., Inc., v. O'Neill, 315 F.3d 748 (7th Cir. 2002). (Word) (PDF)

  • Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 548 U.S. 557 (2006).

  • Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, 542 U.S. 507 (2004).

  • Hamdan v. United States, 696 F.3d 1238 (D.D.C. 2012).

  • Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, 130 S. Ct. 2705 (2010).

  • In re Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001, 349 F.Supp.2d 765 (S.D.N.Y., 2005).(Word) (PDF)

  • United States v. Hammoud, 381 F.3d 316 (4 Cir. 2004). (Word) (PDF)

  • Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain, 542 U.S. 692 (2004).

  • Weiss v. National Westminster Bank PLC, 453 F. Supp.2d 609 (E.D.N.Y. 2006). (Word) (PDF)

    Case Law - Other Nations

  • Case Concerning Military and Paramilitary Activities in and Against Nicaragua (Nicaragua  v. U.S.), 1986 I.C.J. 14 (June 27, 1986).

  • The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel v. State of Israel (HCJ 2006)

    CNS Overviews

  • Overview: International Convention for the Suppression of the Terrorist Bombing

  • Overview: International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism

    Counter-Terrorism Related Statutes

  • Counter-Terrorist Financing Statute, 18 U.S.C. § 2339C (2012).

  • Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, 50 U.S.C. §§ 1801-1885c  (2006 & Supp. V 2011).

  • Military Order of November 13, 2001: Detention, Treatment, and Trial of Certain Non-Citizens in the War Against Terrorism, 66 Fed. Reg. 57,833 (Nov. 16, 2001)

    Declarations and Public Statements of Terrorist Organizations

  • Ladenese Epistile: Declaration of War Against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places (1996)

  • Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders - World Islamic Front Statement (1998)

    Financial Action Task Force (FATF)

  • FATF (Home)

  • The 40 Recommendations (a complete set of counter-measures against money laundering)

  • 9 Special Recommendations (SR) on Terrorist Financing (TF) (combined with The 40 Recommendations, the 9 Special Recommendations set out the basic framework to detect, prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism and terrorist acts)

  • Financial Action Task Force, Summary of the Third Mutual Evaluation Report on Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism: United States of America (June 23, 2006).

  • Publications Guide

  • 2011-2012 Annual Reports

  • Older Annual Reports (Query: “FATF annual report”  Select: “FATF General” via “By Topic” filter in right column of screen  Select: “FATF” in “Regional Body” filter   Select: “Report” in “Document Type(s)” filter and narrow your results by year)

  • FATF Standards & Recommendations: “International Standards on Combating Money Laundering & the Financing of Terrorism & Proliferation” (February 2012)

  • NCCT Reports

  • Topics

  • Countries

    Guantanamo Military Commission

  • Authorization for the Use of Military Force, Pub. L. No. 107-40, 115 Stat. 224 (2001).

  • Charge Sheet for September 11 Co-Conspirators (February 11, 2008): Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarek Bin ‘Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi, and Mohamed al Kahtani

  • Detainee Treatment Act, Pub. L. No. 109-148, Title X, 119 Stat. 2680, 2739-2744 (2005).

  • The Manual for Military Commissions (January 18, 2007).

  • The Manual for Military Commissions (April 27, 2010).

  • Military Commissions Act of 2006, Pub. L. No. 109-366, 120 Stat. 2600 (2006).

  • Military Commissions Act of 2009, Pub. L. No. 111-84, TITLE XVIII, 123 Stat. 2203, 2574-2614 (2009).

  • Press Release and Summary of Charges U.S. Department of Defense (February 11, 2008)

    International Counter-Terrorism Conventions

  • Summary of the 14 major legal instruments and additional amendments dealing with terrorism (for the full text of the individual conventions and supplemental protocols see the following links).

  • Convention on Offenses and Certain Other Acts Committed on Board Aircraft
    (“Tokyo Convention”) (September 14, 1963)

  • Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft (“Hague ”) (December 16, 1970)

  • Protocol Supplementary to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft (September 10, 2010)

  • Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation (“Montreal Convention”)

  • Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons, including Diplomatic Agents (December 14, 1973)

  • International Convention against the Taking of Hostages (December 18, 1979)

  • Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (March 3, 1980)

  • Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts of Violence at Airports Serving International Civil Aviation (February 24, 1988)

  • Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (March 10, 1988)

  • Protocol to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (November 1, 2005)

  • Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf (March 10, 1988)

  • Convention on the Making of Plastic Explosives for the Purpose of Detection (March 1, 1991)

  • International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings (January 12, 1998)

  • International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism (December 9, 1999)

  • International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (September 14, 2005)

  • Convention on the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Relating to International Civil Aviation (September 10, 2010)

    International Humanitarian Law

  • International Law Association, Use of Force Committee, Final Report on the Meaning of Armed Conflict in International Law (2010).

  • Nils Melzer, Legal Adviser, International Committee of the Red Cross,Interpretive Guidance on the Notion of Direct Participation in Hostilities (May 2009).

  • Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment ("Convention Against Torture") (June 26, 1987)

  • Convention (III) relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War. ("Third Geneva Convention") (August 12,1949)

  • Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War ("Fourth Geneva Convention") (August 12, 1949)

  • Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts ("Protocol I") (June 8, 1977)

  • Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts ("Protocol II") (June 8,1977)

    United Nations Counter-Terrorism

  • "A Global Strategy for Fighting Terrorism" - U.N. Secretary-General's address, Madrid, Spain (March 10, 2005)

  • United Nations Action to Counter Terrorism

  • 1267 Committee Home Page

  • 1373 Committee Home Page

    United Nations Security Council Resolutions

  • Art. 51 of the Charter of the United Nations

  • UN Security Council Resolution 1267 (1999) on the situation in Afghanistan

  • UN Security Council Resolution 1373 (2001) Threats to international peace caused by terrorist acts

  • UN Security Council Resolution 1566 (2004) Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts

  • “Counter Terrorism” related Resolutions

  • “Taliban and Usama Bin Laden in Afghanistan” related Resolutions

  • United Nations Security Council Resolutions Archive

    United States Department of Justice

  • Lawful Use of a Lethal Operation Directed Against a U.S. Citizen Who is a Senior Operational Leader of Al-Qa’ida or an Associated Force (White paper given to the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees as a summary of the CLASSIFIED 2011 memo approving the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki) (Summer 2012).

  • Memorandum for James P. Comey, Deputy Attorney General ("Torture Memo") (December 30, 2004)

    United States Department of State

  • Country Reports on Terrorism 2006

  • Country Reports on Terrorism 2005

    United States Executive Materials

  • Executive Order 13224 - Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions With Persons Who Commit, Threaten To Commit, or Support Terrorism

  • 2002 National Money Laundering Strategy
    (Word) (PDF)

  • Text of President Obama’s May 23, 2013 Speech on National Security

    Terrorism in the News

    Joe Nocera, Op. Ed., Is Force Feeding Torture?, The New York Times (May 31, 2013).

    How the World Treats Terrorist Suspects: The Boston Marathon Bomber Was Read His Rights. How Would He Be Treated in Other Countries?” National Geographic (April 23, 2013).

    Report: Majority of Convicted Terrorists in U.S. are American Citizens” The Daily Beast (February 26, 2013).

    Justice Dept. Document Justifies Killing Americans Overseas if They Pose ‘Imminent Threat’” The Washington Post (February 5, 2013).

    Charlie Savage, Op. Ed., Who Decides the Laws of War, The New York Times (January 26, 2013).

    U.S. Military Judge Denies Defense Motions in 9/11, USS Cole Trials” JURIST (January 18, 2013).

    UN Report: Mali Turmoil Has Led to Human Rights Violations” JURIST (January 18, 2013).

    HRW: Myanmar Shelling Violates Laws of War” JURIST (January 18, 2013).

    Al-Qaida Carves Out Own Country in Mali” Boston Globe (January 14, 2013).

    DOJ Asks DC Circuit to Reverse Terrorism Conviction of Al Qaeda Media Director” JURIST (January 10, 2013).

    Guantanamo Prosecutor Recommends Pentagon Drop Conspiracy Charges” JURIST (January 10, 2013).

    U.S. Drone Strikes in Pakistan on Rise for 2013” The Washington Post (January 10, 2013).

    News Archive (Reverse Chronological)


    Supplemental Reading

    Case Law

  • Ahmed Ali Yusuf v. Council of the European Union, Case T-306/01 (Judgment of the Court of First Instance, 21 Sept. 2005).

  • Almog v. Arab Bank, PLC, 471 F.Supp.2d 257 (E.D.N.Y. 2007). (Word) (PDF)

  • Charkaoui v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2007 SCC 9 (2007). (PDF)

  • Linde v. Arab Bank, PLC, 384 F.Supp.2d 571 (E.D.N.Y., 2005). (Word) (PDF)

  • Omar v. Harvey, 479 F.3d 1 (D.C. Cir. 2007). (PDF)

  • United States v. Ressam, 474 F. 3d 597 (9th Cir. 2007). (Word) (PDF)


    CRS Reports

  • Christopher M. Blanchard, The Islamic Traditions of Wahhabism and Salafiyya (Cong. Research Serv., CRS Report for Congress Order Code RS21695, Jan. 24, 2008).

  • Christopher M. Blanchard, Islam: Sunnis and Shiites (Cong. Research Serv., CRS Report for Congress Order Code RS21745, Nov. 9, 2010).

  • Christopher M. Blanchard, Islamic Religious Schools, Madrasas: Background (Cong. Research Serv., CRS Report for Congress Order Code RS21654 Jan. 23, 2008).

  • Christopher M. Blanchard and Alfred B. Prados, Saudi Arabia: Terrorist Financing Issues (Cong. Research Serv., CRS Report for Congress Order Code RL32499 Sept. 14, 2007).

  • Jennifer K. Elsea and Michael John Garcia, Judicial Activity Concerning Enemy Combatant Detainees: Major Court Rulings (Cong. Research Serv., CRS Report for Congress Order Code R41156, Dec. 11, 2012).

  • Jennifer K. Elsea and Michael John Garcia, Enemy Combatant Detainees: Habeas Corpus Challenges in Federal Court (Cong. Research Serv., CRS Report for Congress Order Code RL33180, April 5, 2010).

  • Michael John Garcia et al., Closing the Guantanamo Detention Center: Legal Issues (Cong. Research Serv., CRS Report for Congress Order Code R40139, July 6, 2012).

  • Michael John Garcia, Boumediene v. Bush: Guantanamo Detainee's Right to Habeas Corpus (Cong. Research Serv., CRS Report for Congress Order Code RL34536, Sept. 8, 2008).

  • Clyde Mark, Islam: A Primer (Cong. Research Serv., CRS Report for Congress Order Code RS21432, Feb. 19, 2003).

    Law Review Articles & Other Documents

  • Bruce Ackerman, The Emergency Constitution, 113 Yale L.J. 1029 (2004).

  • Bruce Ackerman, This Is Not a War, 113 Yale L.J. 1871 (2004).

  • Patricia L. Bellia, The “Lone Wolf” Amendment and the Future of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Law, 50 Vill. L. Rev. 425 (2005).

  • Robert M. Chesney, Beyond the Battlefield, Beyond Al Qaeda: The Destabilizing Legal Architecture of Counterterrorism, 111 Michigan Law Review (forthcoming 2013).

  • Steven R. David, Targeted Killing: The Israeli Experience in Rethinking Armed Conflict in an Age of Terrorism (Christopher A. Ford and Amichai Cohen eds., 2012).

  • Department of Justice, A Review of the FBI's Involvement in and Observations of Detainee Interrogations in Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan, and Iraq (May 2008).

  • Department of the Treasury, Fact Sheet: Designation of Iranian Entities and Individuals for Proliferation Activities and Support for Terrorism (October 25, 2007).

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Counterterrorism Division, Terrorism 2002-2005 (2007).

  • Christopher Greenwood, International Law and the Pre-Emptive Use of Force: Afghanistan, Al-Qaida, and Iraq, 4 San Diego Int’l L.J. 7 (2003).

  • Amos N. Guiora, Where are Terrorists to be Tried -- A Comparative Analysis of Rights Granted to Suspected Terrorists, 56 Cath. U. L. Rev (forthcoming 2007).

  • Ousmane Kane, Moderate Revivalists: Islamic Inroads in Sub-Saharan Africa, 29 Harv. Int'l. Rev. 64 (2007).

  • Wayne McCormack, Inchoate Terrorism: Liberalism Clashes With Fundamentalism, 37 Geo. J. Int'l L. 1 (2005).

  • J. Paust, Self-Defense Targeting of Non-State Actors and Permissibility of U.S. Use of Drones in Pakistan, 19 J. Transnat’l L. & Pol’y 237 (2010).

  • Sammy Salama and David Wheeler, From the Horse's Mouth: Unravelling Al-Qai`da's Target Selection Calculus, Center for Non Proliferation Studies Research Story (April 17, 2007).

  • Michael P. Scharf, Defining Terrorism as the Peacetime Equivalent of War Crimes: Problems and Prospects,36 Case W. Res. J. Int’l L. 359 (2004).

  • Improving Detainee Policy: Handling Terrorism Detainees within the American Justice System: Hearing Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, 110th Cong. (2008) (statement of Benjamin Wittes, Fellow and Research Director in Public Law, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution).

  • Benjamin Wittes, Op. Ed., Congress's Guantanamo Burden, The Bookings Institution (June 17, 2008).

    Reference Resources

    HLS Library, Research Relating to Terrorism

    Office of the Director of National Intelligence, IC on the Record: Announced by President Obama on August 9, 2013 and launched August 21st, 2013 the goal of IC ON THE RECORD is to provide the public with direct access to factual information related to the lawful foreign surveillance activities carried out by the Intelligence Community including declassified documents related to § 702 of FISA.



    On Reserve at Circulation Desk
    Norman Abrams, Antiterrorism and Criminal Enforcement (2d ed. 2012).

    In order to read the documents posted on this site (pdf format), you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. In the unlikely event your computer does not already have it installed, Acrobat Reader is available free from Adobe.