Terror, Sovereignty, and Law

Saul Abraham Newman

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This chapter examines the ambiguous relationship between violence, law, and sovereignty in the context of terrorism today. It focuses, not on normative questions about terrorist violence, but on its structural relationship to law and the sovereign state. It substitutes states' differing approaches to the issue with the equally relevant "modern dialectic of terrorism and counterterrorism," which, illuminated by his richly theoretical analysis, poses the challenging possibility that "terrorist violence always threatens to expose the emptiness and indeterminacy at the base of the symbolic authority of the law and the state".

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComparative Law as Transnational Law
Subtitle of host publicationA Decade of the German Law Journal
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199919307
ISBN (Print)9780199795208
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Counterterrorism
  • Law
  • Sovereignty
  • Terrorism
  • Violence


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