Terrorist bombings convention

Terrorist Bombings Convention
International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings
Type anti-terrorism, international criminal law
Drafted 15 December 1997
Signed 12 January 1998[1]
Location New York City, United States
Effective 23 May 2001
Condition 22 ratifications
Signatories 58
Parties 167
Depositary United Nations Secretary-General
Languages Arabic Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish

The Terrorist Bombings Convention (formally the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings) is a 1997 United Nations treaty designed to criminalise terrorist bombings.

The convention describes terrorist bombings as the unlawful and intentional use of explosives in public places with intention to kill, to injure, or to cause extensive destruction to compel a government or an international organisation to do or to abstain from doing some act.

The convention also seeks to promote police and judicial co-operation to prevent, investigate and punish those acts.

As of September 2013, the convention has been ratified by 167 states.[2]

See also



  • ASIL, Conventions on the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings and on Financing, 96 American Journal of International Law, 255–258.(2002)
  • C.F. Diaz-Paniagua, , City University of New York (2008).
  • Giuseppe Nesi, ed., International Cooperation in Counter-terrorism: the United Nations and regional organisations in the fight against terrorism. Aldershort, UK, and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Co., (2005).
  • Ben Saul, Defining Terrorism in International Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)
  • Samuel M.,Witten, The International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings, 94 American Journal of International Law 774 – 781 (1998).
  • Historic Archives of the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law
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