International Terrorism and the Evolution of the Inherent Right of “Self-Defense” Introduction Terrorism has been an epidemic since the early portions of human history. It has taken on many forms, causes; has evolved to adapt to the fast paced technologically based society individuals currently live in. The advent of terrorism has caused nations and individuals to alter their way of life and to receive the international paradigm within a different context. No longer do nations sit idly by and wait for an attack to occur in order to justify military or covert actions; rather, nations engage in a newly defined framework of “preemptive strikes” predicated on the mere possibility that danger is impending. Terrorism has forced nations to...The end:
.....e than the decades upon decades of consistent practice traditionally required. This Note considers the instant custom theory and argues that the Bush Doctrine became a new customary international law in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Messene, KM (2008). Unilateral Recourse to Military Force Against Terrorist Attacks’ Yale Journal of International Law, 28 (341). This note examines the counter point that there exists an inherent right to self-defense even if the terrorist attack falls short of a the traditionally defined “armed attack” by either a government sponsored terrorist group or a purely non-governmental organization that carries out terrorists attacks and is sponsored by a governmental agency.