Abstract: terrorism today is not only a threat to the public security of a single state, but also a total threat to the entire world community, the security of international relations, and their peaceful coexistence. At the end of the twentieth century, terrorism acquired an international character, for the most part merging with international organized crime. However, the international community is faced with the problem of developing common, effective measures for all states to counter terrorism. Evidence of the complexity and uncertainty of the position of the legislator is the fact that to date no generally accepted definition of the concept of “terrorism” has been developed. The problem remains relevant and debatable. In this article, the authors make a theoretical-legal and doctrinal analysis of the concept of “terrorism” and the concepts derived from them. The authors discuss the nature of double standards and their role in anti-terrorist legislation.
Keywords: international terrorism, terrorism, terrorist, terrorist act, hostage-taking, violence, terrorist activity, double standards