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The 21st century terrorist: hostis humani generis?

Ezeani, Elimma C.


Elimma C. Ezeani


Some argue that 21st century terrorism is no different from the past. This paper argues otherwise. It considers that our social response”The revulsion against the frequent violation of the sanctity of human life and the indiscriminate de- struction of property death”Ought to be the most important factor in any attempt to categorise terrorists under interna- tional criminal law. Such a proper categorisation is as common enemies of mankind. Section 1 revisits the challenge of definition and of jurisdiction; Section 2 examines the current approaches to terrorism”Domestic, bilateral and international; and Section 3 concludes the argument whether the 21st century terrorist is a common enemy of mankind. The need for alternative social responses if the roots of modern terrorism are to be addressed is also examined.


EZEANI, E.C. 2012. The 21st century terrorist: hostis humani generis? Beijing law review [online], 3(4), pages 158-169. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 31, 2012
Online Publication Date Dec 31, 2012
Publication Date Dec 31, 2012
Deposit Date Jun 11, 2013
Publicly Available Date Jun 11, 2013
Journal Beijing law review
Print ISSN 2159-4627
Electronic ISSN 2159-4635
Publisher Scientific Research Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 4
Pages 158-169
Keywords 21st century; Terrorist; Common enemies of mankind; Definition; Jurisdiction and punishment; Human rights and extradition; Terror
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