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New ABA counterterrorism book examines current laws and governmental responses to threats

New ABA counterterrorism book examines current laws and governmental responses to threats

By John Glynn

CHICAGO, March 11, 2014 ― The complex and controversial framework of military, diplomatic, law enforcement and intelligence counterterrorism activities is the focus of a new book published by the American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.

“The Fundamentals of Counterterrorism Law” is an informative guide for those who are curious about the intersection of the law and the offensive measures taken to prevent, deter, pre-empt and respond to decentralized threats of terrorism around the globe.

The book includes 17 chapters written by 26 different authors, including former New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, former CIA counsel W. George Jameson, Michael Meese, chief operating officer at the American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association, and Mark Martins, brigadier general in the U.S. Army’s JAG Corps and chief prosecutor of military commissions, including the trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed.

“The Fundamentals of Counterterrorism Law” analyzes major topics in counterterrorism, including:

  • The threat to cities and the role of law enforcement.
  • Why a national security court in a place such as Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is a bad idea — and why a dedicated national security bar is a better idea.
  • Ongoing issues surrounding the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
  • The challenges of applying the law of armed conflict to contemporary terrorist organizations.
  • Legal and policy tests of the “corporatization of warfare” with military, security and intelligence contractors.
  • The unsettled legal questions surrounding drones, the “imminent threat” interpretation and the future use of unmanned aerial vehicle technology in state, federal and global contexts.
  • Methods used to counter terrorist financing.
  • What’s next in counterterrorism in order to balance national security and civil liberties interests.

 “The Fundamentals of Counterterrorism Law” is a follow-up to the 2011 ABA publication, “The Law of Counterterrorism,” also edited by Lynne Zusman.

Title:                “The Fundamentals of Counterterrorism Law”
Publisher:        Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
Pages:             370
Product Code: 5010078
ISBN:               978-1-62722-365-2
Size:                6x9
Price:               $99.95
Orders:            800-285-2221 or 

Editor’s note: Interviews with the editor and review copies are available by sending an email to Laura Vecchia at If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Laura Vecchia, American Bar Association, Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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