Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law


Geoffrey Levitt

First Page



This Article aims to contribute to an understanding of the reality and the potential of international cooperation to combat terrorism by examining one of the most important channels through which governments have attempted to achieve such cooperation: the Economic Summit Seven (the Seven or the Group). Focusing in particular on the Group's work in the area of terrorism against international civil aviation, this Article will discuss how and why the Group became involved in counterterrorism; review the Group's declarations on terrorism and their context; outline the international background to those declarations; describe the most important single action the Group has taken to implement the declarations: the sanctions announced against Ariana Afghan Airlines in 1981; and offer a legal analysis of the Group's activities.