Boko Haram and international law

This book focuses on Boko Haram and terrorism in Nigeria, framing the conflict in an international law context. It analyses the nature of political violence and the dominant roles of a violent nation-state (in both colonial and post-colonial experiences) and the rise of terrorism in Nigeria. The boo...

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Other Authors: Iyi, John-Mark (Editor); Strydom, Hennie
Format: Print Book
Language:English
Published: Cham Springer [2018]
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Summary:This book focuses on Boko Haram and terrorism in Nigeria, framing the conflict in an international law context. It analyses the nature of political violence and the dominant roles of a violent nation-state (in both colonial and post-colonial experiences) and the rise of terrorism in Nigeria. The book unearths embedded evidence of religious nepotism on the part of state officials using such state institutions as Islamic Preaching Boards to promote one Islamic sect over another in mainly Muslim Northern Nigeria. The book offers insights into this subtle sectarian divide and how this and other ‘subterranean’ elements have contributed to the rise of Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria beyond the dominant poverty-terrorism nexus narrative. Furthermore, the book analyses the various components of Boko Haram’s radical ideology, situates them in Islamic Jurisprudence, and examines the philosophy of the group (both in doctrine and practice) - their interpretation of the Koran and the waging of Jihad, and the extent to which they conform to the Islamic Sect Boko Haram claims to follow. The book then examines the basic doctrinal features and characteristics of Boko Haram - waging Jihad, prohibiting revealing dresses for women and mixing of genders, rejecting western values and institutions, denouncing scientific inquiry and democracy, hostage taking, sexual exploitation of captives and other aspects of jus ad bellum and jus in bello in Islamic jurisprudence and international law. Finally, the book analyses the plight of vulnerable groups such as internally displaced persons, the atrocities committed against women and girls in the Boko Haram insurgency and the (in)ability of international law to enforce the protections offered to the victims. From the perspective of critical intellectual inquiry, the book also challenges a number of fundamental assumptions and encourages us to revisit our legal characterisation of certain concepts such as “gender-based crimes”. It then goes further to analyse some legal grey areas in the Boko Haram insurgency such as the legal status of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and the legal framework for holding members accountable for violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. Overall, the book represents a valuable contribution to scholarship, deepens our understanding and delineates how international law could respond to the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria in particular and terrorism in Africa in general
1 On the Brink? The Nigerian State and the Making of Boko Haram by John-Mark Iyi -- 2 Dialectics of Sovereignty, Self-determination and Violent Strategy in Africa by Dejo Olowu -- 3 Vipers are Offsprings of Dragons: A Fanonian Analysis of Violent Conflicts in Africa with Specific Reference to the Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria by Akinola E. Akintayo -- 4 Responding to Foreign Insurgencies in the Eastern DRC by Ngoie Ngalingi Ngoto -- 5 International Law Response to Terrorism: Boko Haram in Perspective by Udoka Ndidiamaka Owie -- 6 Terrorism and Cross-Border Insurgency as New Threats and Challenges to Peace and Security in Africa: The Boko Haram Insurgency by Godwin O. Anyalemechi -- 7 The Boko Haram Insurgency: Characterisation and Implications under Municipal and International Law by Michael Ibanga and James Archibong -- 8 Calibrating the Legal Obligations in the Ongoing Non-International Armed Conflict in Nigeria by Okebukola Elijah -- 9 Boko Haram: On the Road to Algiers? by Adedokun Ogunfolu, Usang Maria Assim and Oludamilola Adejumo -- 10 Boko Haram’s Radical Ideology and Islamic Jurisprudence by Muyiwa Adigun -- 11 Government Regulation of Freedom of Religion in a Democratic Society: Islamic Preaching Board Laws and Boko Haram in Nigeria by Ahmed Salisu Garba -- 12 The Weaponisation of Women by Boko Haram and the Prospects of Accountability by John-Mark Iyi -- 13 Protecting Conflict-Induced Displacees in Northern Nigeria: Assessing the Compliance of the State with Article 9(2) Of the Kampala Convention by Romola Adeola -- 14 Boko Haram and the Abduction of Schoolgirls in Nigeria: Reflecting On ‘Gender-Based Crimes’ As a Legal Misnomer by Avitus Agbor -- 15 Eradicating Extremism: A Ten Cs Approach by Dan Kuwali -- Beyond the Law to Socio-Legal Intervention: The Boko Haram Insurgency and the Nigerian Child by Azubike Onuora-Oguno and Mariam Adepeju Abdulraheem-Mustapha -- 17 After Dusk They Came - International Responsibility of States in Relation to Human Rights Violations Committed by Rebel Groups by Marek Jan Wasiński -- 18 Boko Haram and the Ambivalence of International Legal Response by John-Mark Iyi
Physical Description:xix, 429 Seiten
ISBN:9783319749556