Regulatory Counter-Terrorism: A Critical Appraisal of Proactive Global Governance

Nathanael Tilahun

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Regulatory Counter-Terrorism explores an emerging terrain where the global governance of terrorism is expanding. This terrain is that of proactive regulatory governance, which attempts to minimise vulnerability to terrorism pre-emptively by continually standardising and managing the day-to-day activities of individuals, private entities and governmental bodies. Overshadowed by the more publicised dimensions of military and criminal justice responses to terrorism, regulatory counter-terrorism has grown in size and impact without stirring as much academic debate. This book intervenes in this gap. Through a critical assessment of international rules and institutions in three issue-areas of counter-terrorism – financial services, the control of arms and dangerous materials, and the cross-border movement of persons and goods – this book shows the ways in which a dynamic regulatory counterterrorism at the global level is affecting societies across the world in new ways and in the process unravelling settled understandings of transnational governance. Through in-depth analysis of the UN Counter-Terrorism bodies and the Financial Action Task Force, Ali illustrates that the monitoring of this regime is, contrary to common understanding, in the main friendly and managerial. But that is a reason for concern: the softening of monitoring encourages regulatory adventurism in tackling terrorism, while the substantive dynamism, in the form of continued adaptiveness, helps silence calls for institutionalised space for contestation and answerability
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages224
ISBN (Print)9781138480094
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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SeriesPolitics of Transnational Law series


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