United Nations Action to Counter Terrorism
Select UN documents dealing with terrorism before and after 11 September, including Security Council Resolution 1373, 28 September 2001, on international cooperation to combat threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts
Security Council Resolution 1624 (2005) on prevention of incitement to terrorism
Terrorist Lists: Monitoring Proscription, Designation and Asset-freeezing
Information and analysis by Statewatch of the lists of banned terrorist organisations maintained by the UN, EU, UK, & US
UN Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999) concerning Afghanistan
Includes the UN list of terrorist organisations (list of individuals and entities belonging to or associated with the Taliban and the Al-Qaida organizations) used by the Australian government to proscribe (ban) terrorist organisations
The right of self-defence under international law: responding to the terrorist attacks of 11 September (Angus Martyn, Australian Dept of the Parliamentary Library)
Council of Europe
Guidelines on human rights and the fight against terrorism, 2002 and 2005
Country profiles on counter-terrorist capacity
Some good websites for keeping up to date include:
Information and analysis of European laws on terrorism
European Commission. Crisis management and Fight against Terrorism
Terrorism: the European Union's Position
Detailed information from the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States, with links to key documents
List of terrorist organisations with which financial dealings are restricted by member states
The main anti-terrorism offences are in Part II.1 of the Criminal Code (sections 83.01+). Two major amending acts which formed the basis of this legislation are: Anti-terrorism Act 2001, chapter 41. [ Analysis of the Bill (Intranet copy) and Background on the Bill (from LEGISinfo - Canadian Parliamentary Library)] and the Public Safety Act 2004, chapter 15 [Background on the Bill (from LEGISinfo].
Other Canadian Information
K. Roach, 'A comparison of Australian and Canadian anti-terrorism laws.' University of NSW Law Journal, vol. 30, 2007, pp. 53-85
Rights, Limits, Security: a Comprehensive Review of the Anti-Terrorism Act and Related Issues, March 2007 (Canada. Parliament. House of Commons. Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security. Subcommittee on the Review of the Anti-terrorism Act)
National Security and Human Rights Concerns in Canada: a Survey of Eight Critical Issues in the Post-9/11 Environment (Wesley K. Wark, 2006)
The Impact of Anti-Terrorism Legislation on Charities: The Shadow of the Law by Terrance S. Carter, Carter & Associates, 2005. Detailed overview of anti-terrorism legislation
Carter and Associates (Law Firm)
This site provides information, articles and resource materials dealing with anti-terrorist and associated legislation in Canada
List of banned terrorist organisations in Canada (Public Safety Canada)
The main act is the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002 (formerly Terrorism (Bombings and Financing) Suppression Bill 2002). Commentaries on the law include:
New Zealand’s Anti-Terrorism Campaign: Balancing Civil Liberties, National Security, and International Responsibilities (John E Smith)
Detailed examination of anti-terrorism legislation with historical perspective and international comparisons (91 pages)
Crime and terror: New Zealand's criminal law reform since 9/11 (A. Conte, New Zealand Universities Law Review, v.21, December 2005, pp. 635-664). Available within Parliament only.
The Laws of New Zealand>Public Safety>Part VII New Zealand's Treaty Obligations>(39) Compliance with International Treaty Obligations>Suppression of Terrorism. Available within Parliament only.
The main UK legislation is, unfortunately, spread over several acts, none of which appears to be published in an up to date form on the internet. They are the Terrorism Act 2000, Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005, Terrorism Act 2006 and the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008. Copies of these acts may be found on the LexisNexisAU UK Statute Law Database.
More information may be found on the Home Office website which includes texts of legislation, reviews on the operation of the legislation, as well as the List of banned terrorist organisations in the UK. See also Halsbury's Laws of England > Criminal Law Evidence & Procedure (vol 11) > 5. Offences against the state or security > 6. Prevention of terrorism.
The United States already had anti-terrorism legislation before 11 September 2001 and after that date passed two major acts: the USA Patriot Act 2001 (Bill no. H.R. 3162; Public Law no: 107-56), and the Homeland Security Act 2002 (Bill no. H.R. 5005; Public Law no: 107-296) which created a new Department of Homeland Security to oversee national security matters previously the responsibility of 22 separate agencies. Current terrorism offences are reprinted mainly in the US Code, Title 18, Chapter 113B.
Analysis and background on legislation
Congressional Research Service reports
The USA PATRIOT Act: a legal analysis (C. Doyle)
USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005: a legal analysis (B. Yeh, C. Doyle, CRS)
Homeland Security Act of 2002: Legislative History and Pagination Key (S. Gressle)
Terrorism and the law of war: trying terrorists as war criminals before military commissions (J. Elsea)
Internet Surveillance Law After the USA Patriot Act: The Big Brother That Isn't (O. Kerr, 69 pages)
Forfeiting "Enduring Freedom" for "Homeland Security": A Constitutional Analysis of the USA Patriot Act and the Justice Department's Anti-Terrorism Initiatives (J. Whitehead, S. Aden, 53 pages)
List of banned terrorist organisations in the US
US Department of Justice. Terrorism Page
Journal of National Security Law & Policy, 2005+.
Full text articles on terrorism law and related issues
MIPT Lawson Police Library
Department of Defense page on military commissions
Links to legal documents, including David Hicks' charge sheet and trial documents
Counter-Terrorism Legislation and Practice: A Survey of Selected Countries (UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2005)
Covers Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, USA
Country reports to the UN Security Council Counter Terrorism Committee re legislation etc passed to implement Council Resolution 1373 of 2001 and resolution 1624 of 2005
Country reports on terrorism (previously Patterns of global terrorism) (US Dept of State)
Annual overview of terrorist incidents and organisations since 1995
South Asia Terrorism Portal
Maintained by the Institute for Conflict Management, India, this site provides a wide range of documents, legislation and analysis for several south Asian countries.
International Commission of Jurists
Information on the ICJ Eminent Jurists Panel on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights. Includes text of the E-bulletin on counter-terrorism & human rights and the 2009 Final Report of the Eminent Jurists Panel survey of over 40 countries