State responsibility and counterterrorism

  • It is widely thought that the international community, taken as a whole, is required to take action to prevent terrorism. Yet, what each state is required to do in this project is unclear and contested. This article examines a number of bases on which we might assign responsibilities to conduct counterterrorist operations to states. I argue that the ways in which other sorts of responsibilities have been assigned to states by political philosophers will face significant limitations when used to assign the necessary costs of preventing terrorism. I go on to suggest that appealing to the principle of fairness—which assigns obligations on the basis of benefits received from cooperative endeavours—may be used to make up the shortfall, despite this principle having received relatively little attention in existing normative accounts of states’ responsibilities.

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Author:Isaac Taylor
Parent Title (English):Ethics & Global Politics
Publisher:Co-Action Publishing
Place of publication:Häggeby [u.a.] :
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2016/12/19
Date of first Publication:2016/12/14
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2016/12/20
Tag:capacity; effectiveness; liability; principle of fairness; remedial responsibility; terrorism
Page Number:19
Copyright: ©2016 I. Taylor. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, allowing third parties to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format and to remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially, provided the original work is properly cited and states its license.
Institutes:Gesellschaftswissenschaften / Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0