"Terrorism, War and International Law: The legality of the use of force against Afghanistan in 2001".
  Terrorism, War and International Law
  By Dr Myra Williamson

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List of courses that I have experience teaching:

>Constitutional Law
>Corporate Entities
>Introduction to Law
>Legal Systems and Societies
>Legal Terminology in English
>Public Law
>Terrorism and International Law
>Grade 10 Modern World History
>Grade 9 History (IGSCE)
>Grade 8 Humanities (MYP)
>Grade 6 English

  University of Waikato February 2009
Research and Teaching Workshop


One of the most important aspects of a law lecturer’s professional life is to publish. Too often, publishing is seen as being in competition with teaching. One is set up as a challenge to the other. This workshop introduced us to the idea that research and teaching must accompany one another: for one to be successful, the other must also be pursued. This workshop covered topics such as:

  • Clarifying and differentiating between different ways in which the research and teaching nexus can operate

  • Discussing inquiry-based learning as a way of developing a research-minded orientation to students

  • Introducing the idea and practice of evidence-based teaching

  • Discussing writing about and publishing on our teaching-related research.

  • Inviting staff members to give examples of inquiry-based learning and research that they have conducted on their teaching

This was an excellent workshop that covered issues which are important to every lecturer at every university, anywhere in the world. It has helped me to see teaching in and of itself as an opportunity to extend my research interests.



  Havel, cited in Rowland:

“The intellectual should constantly disturb, should bear witness to the misery of the world, should be provocative by being independent, should rebel against all hidden and open pressure and manipulations, should be the chief doubter of systems, of power and its incantations, should be a witness to their mendacity”



Reviews of: "Terrorism, War and International Law: The legality of the use of force against Afghanistan in 2001".



>Liverpool Law Review, vol 31, number 3, 2010

Reviewed by Gary Wilson, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK:

"Arguably, this book makes two especially important contributions to contemporary debates pertaining to the use of force in international law. Specifically the book addresses the question of whether the use of force against Afghanistan was justifiable under international law, a matter not addressed in great detail by many legal commentators. More generally, however, the book provides a detailed assessment of the current state of international law governing the use of force between states."


>Journal of Conflict and Security Law, volume 14, issue 2, 2009

Reviewed by Professor Richard Cryer, Birmingham Law School:

"After September 11, a remarkably broad level of agreement was reached (remarkably) quickly that the US-led coalition response to the attacks (i.e. the action taken against Afghanistan) was lawful. It is true that not all agreed on the point,1 but a majority thought that international law had, given the reaction of States to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), either changed or had always considered such responses lawful. Or at least thought it impolite (or impolitic) to disagree. In this interesting new book Dr. Williamson seeks to challenge the received wisdom on the legality of the action against Afghanistan, and makes some valid points. Whether the book will overturn the orthodoxy on point is less certain than the fact that it makes an interesting contribution to the debate."


>Democracy and Security, volume 5, Issue 3, 2009

Reviewed by Andrew Sanger, UK:

"Myra Williamson's Terrorism and International Law is a compelling response to legal arguments supporting the use of force in combating terrorism. Set against a historical analysis of the changing nature of conflict the definition of terrorism and the modern law on the use of force, the book considers both the inherent self-defense argument...as well as other potential legal bases for the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, was lawful."


>New Zealand Yearbook of International Law, volume 6, 2008

Reviewed by Kennedy Graham, Canterbury University, New Zealand:

"The review and analysis of the book 'No Time for Legal Niceties'? Terrorism, War and International Law' by Myra Williamson is discussed. The book is a well-structured logical progression of thought, from a review of the changing nature of armed conflict, through a definitional analysis of 'terrorism', to the historical evolution on the limitation of force in the modern age (1919-44 and 1945 -2008)."


>British Yearbook of International Law, volume 80, issue 1, 2009

Reviewed by James A Green, University of Reading:

"The core aim of this book is to 'demonstrate why the use of military force against Afghanistan, beginning on 7 October 2001, was unlawful' (233). It therefore takes a fresh look at a use of force that was, at the time, accepted relatively uncritically as being a lawful action of self-defence. That is not to say, of course, that all scholars saw the intervention as lawful in 2001,7 but the contrary voices that did exist were, to a large extent, soon lost in the noise of the louder and more widespread legal objections to the use of force against Iraq in 2003. This reappraisal of the lawfulness of the Afghanistan intervention makes good use of eight years of hindsight."


>New York Journal of International Law, June 2010

Reviewed by Graham F. Dumas:

"Terrorism, War and International Law: The Legality of the Use of Force Against Afghanistan in 2001 comes at a time when the conflict in Afghanistan is returning to the fore of U.S. foreign policy and as the fight against terrorism continues to expand. Yet many of the legal questions surrounding this conflict were simply glossed over at the time of the invasion and have not yet been satisfactorily resolved."

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