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Legal Interdiction of Foreign Terrorist Fighters

The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School’s Criminal Law Research Group (CLRG) undertook a research project in collaboration with the U.S. Military’s Special Operations Command-Pacific (SOCPAC) to identify aspects of foreign domestic criminal law that can be used to facilitate the prosecution and detention of foreign terrorist fighters.  SOCPAC is responsible for the conduct of military special operations in an area covering 52% of the globe, 36 countries, 16 time zones, and 1,000 languages. 

The project examines the domestic criminal law of a variety of countries from which foreign terrorist fighters originate or countries that they transit while traveling to Islamic State.  The legal analysis goes beyond offenses traditionally related to terrorism, to include all criminal laws within the country that may be violated by conduct that intelligence agencies have found that foreign terrorist fighters sometimes engage in.  The research is designed to give a variety of governmental agencies a means of helping local prosecutors bring effective prosecutions that will detain the FTFs.  The U.S. State Department, the US Department of Justice, including the FBI, and other governmental agencies have liaisons to the project.

News release regarding the FTF interdiction project.

[The memoranda produced by CLRG during this project will not be publicly available unless and until SOCPAC approves their release.]