UNODC – Digest of Terrorist Cases

UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) recently released the Digest of Terrorist Cases. The Digest is a compilation of legal experiences relating to actual terrorist cases gained by high-ranking experts from several countries who have gathered at meetings organized by UNODC in Austria, Colombia and Italy. The experts share their experiences in dealing with terrorism cases, reflect on their positive and negative judicial experiences, and explain specific investigative and prosecutorial techniques used in these cases.

The compilation therefore gives policymakers and criminal justice officials from all over the world practical ideas on and expert insight into ways of dealing with a relatively new field of jurisprudence. It compares national legal structures for the prosecution of terrorism, and identifies legal issues and pitfalls encountered in investigating and adjudicating relevant offences. In addition, it identifies practices related to specialized investigative and prosecutorial techniques.

The Digest of Terrorist Cases offers a general strategy of “good practices” for investigative and judicial techniques and a unique and precious tool for professionals and experts working to prevent and fight terrorism.

The handbook is organized around seven thematic chapters, each referring to several legal cases. The themes covered are: offences for terrorist acts already committed; offences to prevent terrorist acts; the relationship between terrorism and other forms of crime; the statutory framework for terrorism prosecutions; investigation and adjudication issues; international cooperation; and innovation and proposals.

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