Frontmatter, incl. Foreword and Table of Contents

Foreign Fighters under International Law and Beyond

February 2016 Editor: Prof. Andrea De Guttry , Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy
Editor: Dr. Francesca Capone , Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy
Editor: Dr. Christophe Paulussen , T.M.C. Asser Instituut, The Hague



  • Published: February 2016
  • Pages: XXIII, 526 p.
  • Publisher: T.M.C. ASSER PRESS
  • Distributor: Springer

With a Foreword by Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator

This book offers various perspectives, with an international legal focus, on an important and underexplored topic, which has recently gained momentum: the issue of foreign fighters. It provides an overview of challenges, pays considerable attention to the status of foreign fighters, and addresses numerous approaches, both at the supranational and national level, on how to tackle this problem. Outstanding experts in the field – lawyers, historians and political scientists – contributed to the present volume, providing the reader with a multitude of views concerning this multifaceted phenomenon. Particular attention is paid to its implications in light of the armed conflicts currently taking place in Syria and Iraq. 
Andrea de Guttry is a Full Professor of International Law at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy. Francesca Capone is a Research Fellow in Public International Law at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. Christophe Paulussen is a Senior Researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague, the Netherlands, and a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague.

"There is no doubt that all scholars approaching this topic in the future cannot refrain from taking into account this contribution which is likely to become the scientific cornerstone in the field"
from the book review by Loris Marotti in The Italian Yearbook of International Law, vol. 25, 2016

 “The multidisciplinary perspective adopted is convincing and the book succeeds in addressing the needs of its target audience – namely scholars, policymakers and public at large – of deepening the understanding of the possible avenues to address an issue often framed only in counterterrorism terms.”
“The book is able to live up to its promise of providing an in-depth study of such a complex and evolving topic. […] The investigation of the existing legal framework is enriched with inputs from other disciplines, thus promoting a holistic and comprehensive approach to the topic.”
from the book review by Denise Venturi and Silvia Venier, published online in the International and Comparative Law Quarterly on 22 November 2016