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Boook Review: Against Every Human Law: The Terrorist Threat to Diplomacy

Boook Review: Against Every Human Law: The Terrorist Threat to Diplomacy AUST NZ JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY (September 1989) 22 (191-192) 191 BOOKREVIEW Against Every Human Law: The Terrorist Threat to Diplomacy, Andrew Selth, Australian National University Press (1988) 219pp, $26. This is a very thorough piece of work - competently researched, carefully written, and full of examples to support the author's conclusions. Part one - The Terrorist Threat to Diplomacy - deserves to become a standard text on the subject. Part two - The Australian Perspective - does not share the encyclopaedic nature of the first part, but it raises some important questions that need to be addressed by government. Diplomats have for centuries been safe from attack, even when relations between the sending and receiving states have been strained. Two thousand years ago, Cicero wrote that "the inviolability of ambassadors is protected by divine and human law". This is no longer the case. By the late 1960s more than 40% of all international terrorist attacks were being aimed at diplomats, their families and their premises. The value of diplomatic targets for terrorist groups, Selth notes, lies in their ability to promote wider strategic objectives. By attacking one official, a terrorist group can in effect assault an entire state or http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology SAGE

Boook Review: Against Every Human Law: The Terrorist Threat to Diplomacy

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© The Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology and Authors, 1989
ISSN
0004-8658
eISSN
1837-9273
DOI
10.1177/000486588902200306
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Abstract

AUST NZ JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY (September 1989) 22 (191-192) 191 BOOKREVIEW Against Every Human Law: The Terrorist Threat to Diplomacy, Andrew Selth, Australian National University Press (1988) 219pp, $26. This is a very thorough piece of work - competently researched, carefully written, and full of examples to support the author's conclusions. Part one - The Terrorist Threat to Diplomacy - deserves to become a standard text on the subject. Part two - The Australian Perspective - does not share the encyclopaedic nature of the first part, but it raises some important questions that need to be addressed by government. Diplomats have for centuries been safe from attack, even when relations between the sending and receiving states have been strained. Two thousand years ago, Cicero wrote that "the inviolability of ambassadors is protected by divine and human law". This is no longer the case. By the late 1960s more than 40% of all international terrorist attacks were being aimed at diplomats, their families and their premises. The value of diplomatic targets for terrorist groups, Selth notes, lies in their ability to promote wider strategic objectives. By attacking one official, a terrorist group can in effect assault an entire state or

Journal

Australian & New Zealand Journal of CriminologySAGE

Published: Sep 1, 1989

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