Terrorists on Trial
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Terrorism trials are an exceptional opportunity for better understanding and, hence, countering terrorism, since they are often the only place where most if not all of the actors of a terrorist incident meet again, and where the media report and broadcast their respective accounts. Seeing terrorism trials as a stage where legal instruments are used (and abused) to argue the validity of contested political constructs, this study presents a performative perspective to draw attention to the mechanisms and effects of terrorism trials in and outside the courtroom. With a special focus on how the power of these performances may in turn shape new narratives of justice and/or injustice, it offers vital insights into terrorism trials directed involving different types of terrorism suspects, from left-wing to ethno-nationalist and jihadist terrorists, in Spain, Russia, Germany, the Netherlands, and the US.
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  • Baader-Meinhof Group
  • Breivik
  • Gestora
  • Guantánamo
  • Hofstad Group
  • IRA
  • KUnlatched
  • Moussaoui
  • Political Science
  • Political Science / Terrorism
  • Stalin
  • Vera Zasulich


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