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This Module introduces students to the international legal framework governing counter-terrorism responses. Framed around the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (CT Strategy), it identifies and discusses the complex matrix of key concepts, legal instruments and outputs, as well as diverse legal regimes that make up the global legal architecture that underpins the CT Strategy. As it will become apparent in the course of the University Module Series, these legal regimes are often interdependent and mutually reinforcing.

Learning outcomes

  • Define key concepts which recur throughout this University Module Series, including the 'rule of law' and 'cooperation'.
  • Introduce and explain the United Nations Global CT Strategy.
  • Consider and compare different types of international, regional and national legal instruments and sources relevant to counter-terrorism that fall within the parameters of the CT Strategy.
  • Discuss key concepts, principles and treaties underpinning the CT Strategy.
  • Identify some of the key challenges relevant to achieving the CT Strategy's Pillar IV goals.
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