War on Terrorism Resources


The war on terrorism has sparked renewed interest in military tribunals, the law and prisoners of war, definitions of prisoners of war, interpretations of the Geneva Convention provisions relating to prisoners of war and a myriad of other related issues. This guide provides suggested search terms, lists some materials held in the Stetson University College of Law Library, and includes some relevant web sites. The amount of materials focusing on topics relating to war on terrorism is growing exponentially, and this guide is far from comprehensive, but it does provide a starting point for research.

Suggested Topics and Search Terms which can be used individually or searched with terrorism or the war on terror :

  • Human Rights/Civil Rights
  • Immigration
  • Freedom of Information
  • Military Actions
  • Nuclear Weapons
  • Military Commissions & Tribunals
  • Privacy & Surveillance
  • Religion Prosecution & Judicial Process
  • Victims

Terrorism or the war on terror can also be linked to any of the following topics for additional resources:

  • Admiralty & Maritime Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Energy Law
  • International Law
  • Banking & Finance
  • Airline Industry
  • Travel Insurance
  • Human Rights
  • Civil Rights Immigration
  • Privacy & Surveillance
  • Military Actions
  • Nuclear Weapons
  • Military Commissions & Tribunals
  • Religion
  • Victims
  • Freedom of Information
  • Prisoners of War
  • CIA
  • Prosecution and Judicial Process
  • Torture
  • Conditions of Confinement

Specific locations can also be used as search terms:

  • Guantanamo Bay
  • Abu Ghraib
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Afghanistan


Web Sites and Blogs (these are only a few of the many existing sites):

Counter Terrorism BLOG

Law Terrorism and Homeland Security

Guantanamo - Amnesty International

Human Rights Watch - Guantanamo Detainees


a PDF of this Bibliography


Selected Titles Held in the Stetson College of Law library:

  • John Alan Appleman, Military Tribunals and International Crimes (Greenwood Press 1971 c. 1954)
    Main JX 6731 W3 A6 1971
    This is a reprint of a 1954 title that provides an historical foundation for understanding the position of military tribunals in a post 9/11 world.
  • Beyond September 11th: An Anthology of Dissent (Phil Scranton ed., Pluto Press 2002).
    Main HV 6431 B495 2002
    Dissent expressed in these essays are grounded in a wide variety of theories including religious, political and historical positions.
  • Civil Liberties vs. National Security: In a Post-9/11 World, (M. Katherine B. Darmer, Robert M. Baird, & Stuart E. Rosenbaum eds., Prometheus Books 2004).
    Main KF 5060 C48 2004
    A collection of essays including historical materials and essays relating to the treatment of enemy combatants.
  • Richard A. Clarke, Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror (Free Press 2004).
    Main HV 6432 C53 2004
    This title presents a before and after perspective on 9/11.
  • Cyberterrorism (Alan O'Day ed., Ashgate 2004).
    Main HV 6773 C94 2004
    This is the international library of essays in terrorism.
  • Mark Danner, Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror (New York Review Books 2004).
    Main DS 79.76 D36 2004
    Focuses Iraqi prisoners and related issues.
  • Dissent from the Homeland: Essays After September 11 (Stanley Hauerwas & Frank Lentricchia, eds., Duke University Press 2002).
    Main E903 D47 2002
    A wide range of post 9/11 essays including religious and political perspectives.
  • Helen Duffy, The 'War on Terror' and the Framework of International Law (Cambridge University Press 2005).
    Main KZ 6795 T47 D84 2005
    This title focuses on international law as it relates to the United States war on terrorism.
  • Jennifer Elsea, Treatment of "Battlefield" Detainees in the War on Terrorism (Novinka Books 2003).
    Main KZ 6495 E44 2003
    This title specifically focuses on the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo and Congress' role in this detention.
  • Michael Freeman, Freedom or Security: The Consequences for democracies Using Emergency Powers to Fight Terror (Praeger 2003).
    Main JC 571 F6749 2003
    A good review of war and emergency powers.
  • Dore Gold, Tower of Babble: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos (Crown Forum 2004).
    Main JZ 4984.5 G65 2004
    Presents a view of the United Nations historical response to instances of international terrorism.
  • Arif Marouf Hasian, In the Name of Necessity: Military Tribunals and the Loss of American Civil Liberties (University of Alabama Press 2005)
    Main KF 7625 H37 2005
    Includes the history of military tribunals as well as comments on the future use of these tribunals.
  • Dilip Hiro, War Without End: The Rise of Islamist Terrorism and Global Response (Routledge 2002).
    Main BP63 "A35 H57 2002
    Discusses the rise of Islam, and describes the ongoing war against terror as an uncharted territory.
  • Homeland Security (Norris Smith & Lynn M. Messina eds., Wilson 2004).
    Main HV 6432 H657 2004
    Essays focus on homeland security issues including the safety of U.S. port, remaining threats to U.S. security, and the possibility of another 9/11.
  • Human Rights in the War on Terror (Richard Ashby Wilson ed., Cambridge University Press 2005).
    Main JC 585 H865 2005
    A broad collection of essays focusing on human rights and terrorism.
  • Law in the War on International Terrorism (Ved P. Nanda ed., Transnational 2005).
    Main KZ 6795 T47 L39 2005
    A series of essays focusing on various legal issues relating to the war on terrorism including the use of military tribunals.
  • The Law of Armed Conflict: Constraints on the Contemporary Use of Military Force (Howard M. Hensel ed., Ashgate Pub. Co. 2005).
    Main KZ 6385 L39 2005
    This is a series of essays focusing on various aspects of the use of military force including civilian protections as well as the protection of cultural objects.
  • Lost Liberties: Ashcroft and the Assault on Personal Freedom (Cynthia Brown ed., Norton 2003).
    Main JC 599 U5 L63 2003
    These essays are organized around for topics: tools for a new kind of war; the Ashcroft approach; privacy, secrecy and public health; and global threat, global citizen.
  • Jackson Nyamuya Maogoto, Battling Terrorism: Legal Perspectives n the Use of Force and the War on Terror (Ashgate 2005).
    Main KZ6374 M36 2005
    The resource chronicles the development of the law relating to the use of force in international law.
  • New Wars, New Laws? Applying the Laws of War in 21st Century Conflicts (David Wippman & Matthew Evangelista eds., Transnational Publishers 2005).
    Main KZ 6355 N49 2005
    This volume resulted from a June 2003 conference co-sponsored by the Clarke Center and the Berger Program for International and Comparative Legal Studies at Cornell Law School and the Cornell Peace Studies Program.
  • The Politics of Terror: The U.S. Response to 9/11(William Crotty ed., Northeastern University Press 2004).
    Main E 902 P65 2004
    A series of essays focusing on various aspects of the U.S. response to 9/11.
  • Michael Ratner, Guantanamo: What the World Should Know (Chelsea Green Pub. Co. 2004).
    Main KZ 6495 R38 2004
    Testimony and case details focusing on Guantanamo conditions and issues.
  • Yoram Schweitzer, The Globalization of terror: The Challenge of Al-Qaida and the Response of the International Community (Transaction Publishers 2003).
    Main HV 6432.5 Q2 S3713 2003
    Provides an international perspective on terrorist attacks.
  • Terrorism and International Justice (James P. Sterba ed., Oxford University Press 2003).
    Main HV 6431 T46144 2003
    Divided into 3 parts, this collection of essays looks at the nature and rhetoric of terrorism, who are terrorists and what do they hate and what is a morally justified response to terrorism.
  • The Use of Force: Military Power and International Politics (Robert J. Art & Kenneth N. Waltz eds., Rowman & Littlefield 2004).
    Main JZ 1310 U83 2004
    Provides a pre and post 9/11 view of military power and the use of force in international law.
  • The War on our Freedoms: Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism (Richard C. Leone & Greg Anrig, Jr. eds., BBS Public Affairs 2003).
    Main JC 599 U5 W313 2003
    These essays include an historical perspective as well as focusing modern terrorist threats.
  • Lara Weibgen ed., U.S. National Debate Topic, 2005-2006: U.S. Civil Liberties (Wilson 2005).
    Main KF 4749 A2 U`14 2005
    Includes sections on terrorism, security versus freedom and related issues.