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Courts and Terrorism
Nine Nations Balance Rights and Security

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Mary L. Volcansek, David M. O'Brien, Aya Gruber, Louis Fisher, Richard Finnegan, Donald W. Jackson, Michael C. Tolley, Menachem Hofnung, Karen Weinshall-Margel, Carlo Guarnieri, Blanca Rodriguez Ruiz, Victor M. Uribe-Urán, Harry Mora, John F. Stack, Jr
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  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107001107

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  • Since ancient times, terror tactics have been used to achieve political ends and likely will continue into the foreseeable future. Preserving national security and the safety of civilian populations while maintaining democratic principles and respecting human rights requires a delicate balancing act. In democracies, monitoring that balance typically falls to the courts. Courts and Terrorism examines how judiciaries in nine separate nations have responded, not just to the current wave of Al Qaeda threats, but also to nacro-trafficking, domestic terrorism, and organized crime syndicates. Terrorism is not a new phenomenon, and even though the reactions have varied significantly, common themes emerge. This volume discusses eleven case studies and analyzes the experiences of these various nations in their battles with terrorism to reveal the judicial quandary for democratic governance and the rule of law in the twenty-first century.

    • Emphasizes the Anglo-American experience with terrorism and national security, but then places those experiences in a comparative context
    • Although scholarly, is accessible to a wide reading audience
    • Considers not just current Jihadist terrorism, but also right-wing paramilitaries, narco-traffickers, separatist terrorist groups, domestic terrorism and organized criminal terrorists
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107001107
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Mary L. Volcansek
    1. Detention and security versus liberty in times of national emergency David M. O'Brien
    2. One more casualty of the 'war on terror' Aya Gruber
    3. State secrets and democratic values Louis Fisher
    4. What lessons can be drawn from a sui generis case? The global 'war on terror' and Northern Ireland Richard Finnegan
    5. The British experience with terrorism: from the IRA to Al Qaeda Mary L. Volcansek
    6. Detention and treatment of suspected terrorists under the European Convention on Human Rights Donald W. Jackson
    7. Australia's commonwealth model and terrorism Michael C. Tolley
    8. Judicial rejection as substantial relief: the Israeli supreme court and the 'war on terror' Menachem Hofnung and Karen Weinshall-Margel
    9. Preserving rights and protecting the public: the Italian experience Carlo Guarnieri
    10. 'Squaring the circle': fighting terror while consolidating democracy in Spain Blanca Rodriguez Ruiz
    11. Democracy and terrorism in Colombia Victor M. Uribe-Urán and Harry Mora
    Conclusion: lessons learned Mary L. Volcansek and John F. Stack, Jr.

  • Editors

    Mary L. Volcansek, Texas Christian University
    Mary L. Volcansek is Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University. She has written or co-authored five books and is editor or co-editor of five others. With John F. Stack, Jr, she edited Courts Crossing Borders: Blurring the Lines of Sovereignty (2005) and, with Donald W. Jackson and Michael C. Tolley, Globalizing Justice: Critical Perspectives on Transnational Law and the Cross-Border Migration of Legal Norms (2010). She has also published multiple articles and book chapters, and is the author of Judicial Politics: A Comparative Lens (with John F. Stack, Jr, Cambridge University Press, 2014).

    John F. Stack, Jr, Florida International University
    John F. Stack, Jr, is Professor of Politics and International Relations and Law, and Director of the School of International and Public Affairs, at Florida International University. He is the author, co-author, or editor of thirteen books, the most recent being Globalization, 2nd edition (2010, co-authored with Lui Hebron) and The New Deal in South Florida Design Policy and Community Building (with co-editor John A. Stuart), winner of the 2008 Silver Medal (Florida Nonfiction) in the Florida Book Awards.


    Mary L. Volcansek, David M. O'Brien, Aya Gruber, Louis Fisher, Richard Finnegan, Donald W. Jackson, Michael C. Tolley, Menachem Hofnung, Karen Weinshall-Margel, Carlo Guarnieri, Blanca Rodriguez Ruiz, Victor M. Uribe-Urán, Harry Mora, John F. Stack, Jr

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