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Accountability and Review in the Counter-Terrorist State

By Jessie Blackbourn, Fiona de Londras and Lydia Morgan

Published

4 Dec 2019

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529206241

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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Published

4 Dec 2019

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529206234

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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Published

4 Dec 2019

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529206265

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
£34.99 £28.00You save £6.99 (20%)
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    Counter-terrorism is now a permanent and sprawling part of the legislative and operational apparatus of the state, yet little is known about the law and practice of how it is reviewed, how effective the review mechanisms are, what impact they have, or how they interact with one another.

    This book addresses that gap in knowledge by presenting the first comprehensive, critical analysis of counter-terrorism review in the United Kingdom, informed by exclusive interviews with policy makers, politicians, practitioners and civil society.

    ''This book breaks ground by comprehensively analysing various modes of scrutinizing counter-terrorism law, policy and practice, including judicial, governmental, legislative and civil society mechanisms. The capacious understanding and fair-minded, actionable critique of “counter-terrorism review” that the authors develop will prove useful to governments, researchers and NGOs in the UK and internationally.'' Surabhi Chopra, Chinese University of Hong Kong

    "This fine treatise fills a gap in national security scholarship. The authors benchmark UK experience with national security accountability review comprehensively and in a manner that allows lessons to be learned by others.” Craig Forcese, University of Ottawa

    “Democracy requires intrusive state powers, used on the basis of secret intelligence, to be subject to strong independent review. This book helps define what that review should look like.” Lord Anderson of Ipswich, former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation

    ''When does review of the permanent and sprawling structures of the counter-terrorist state become a tool of legitimation rather than a tool of accountability? This important work grapples with this key question.'' John Ip, University of Auckland

    Jessie Blackbourn is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford and Socio-Legal Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford. Her research interests lie broadly in the field of anti-terrorism law with a particular focus on oversight and review.

    Fiona de Londras is Professor of Global Legal Studies at Birmingham Law School, the University of Birmingham. Her research concerns constitutionalism, human rights and transnationalism, with a particular focus on counter-terrorism.

    Lydia Morgan is a Research Fellow at Birmingham Law School, the University of Birmingham. She is particularly interested in state secrecy, the UK security services, the regulation of investigatory powers and measures, and the responses of liberal theory to contemporary political practices.

    Foreword

    Introduction: Accountability in the Counter-Terrorist State

    The Counter-Terrorist State

    The Practice and Potential of Counter-Terrorism Review

    The Prevailing Approach to Review

    Problematising Counter-Terrorism Review

    Conclusion: Accountability and Review in the Counter-Terrorist State