San Diego International Law Journal


Neha Bhat

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This paper is structured as follows: Part II traces the development of international instruments on the definition of terrorism, terrorist activities and “incitement to terrorism.” Part III first explores the normative framework of exclusion under the 1951 Convention and how the RSD procedure has undergone a notional shift, with exclusion considerations becoming more central. The section will then look at the provisions of Article 1F of the 1951 Convention, which contain the exclusion clauses and also discuss incorporation of terrorism exception to the asylum law framework in the United States. Part IV concludes with the proposition that the dangers of expansive interpretation of nebulous terms such as terrorism, terrorist activity, and “material support to terrorism” far outweigh the benefits that could be derived from pursuing such a policy.