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Introduction: The STL Interlocutory Decision on the Definition of Terrorism – Judicial Ingenuity or Radicalism?




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1 For more on the creation of the Tribunal by SC Res. 1757 (2008) and its arguable international character, see an earlier LJIL symposium in issue 21(2), with contributions from Frédéric Mégret, William A. Schabas, and Björn Elberling.

2 UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (Appeals Chamber), Interlocutory Decision on the Applicable Law: Terrorism, Conspiracy, Homicide, Perpetration, Cumulative Charging, STL-11–01/I, 16 February 2011 (hereafter, ‘Decision’).

3 Decision, para. 33.

4 Decision, para. 39.

5 Decision, para. 62.

6 This concerned in particular the narrow interpretation of the ‘means’ element as only including instruments and devices explicitly listed in the definition in Art. 314 of the Lebanese Criminal Code, and the means had to be designed to create a public danger. Decision, paras. 47–55.

7 Decision, para. 62.

8 Decision, paras. 83–130.

9 Decision, para. 83.

11 Decision, para. 85.

13 Decision, paras. 107–109.

14 Decision, paras. 124–130.

15 Decision, para. 124.

16 Decision, para. 143.

17 Decision, para. 147.

18 Decision, para. 150.

19 Decision, para. 211.

20 Decision, paras. 213–217.

21 Decision, paras. 218–228.

22 Decision, paras. 229–249.

23 Decision, paras. 265–301.

* Elies van Sliedregt is Senior Editor of the LJIL and professor of international and comparative criminal law at VU University Amsterdam []. Larissa van den Herik is Editor-in-Chief of the LJIL and Associate Professor of international law at Leiden University [].

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