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This book critically and comparatively examines the responses of the United Nations and a range of countries to the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. It assesses the convergence between the responses of western democracies including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada with countries with more experience with terrorism including Egypt, Syria, Israel, Singapore, and Indonesia. A number of common themes – the use of criminal law and immigration law, the regulation of speech associated with terrorism, the review of the state's whole of government counter-terrorism activities, and the development of national security policies – are discussed. The book provides a critical take on how the United Nations promoted terrorism financing laws and listing processes and the regulation of speech associated with terrorism but failed to agree on a definition of terrorism or the importance of respecting human rights while combating terrorism. It also assesses the failures of the American extra-legal approach and departures from criminal justice and the challenges of transnational cooperation and accountability for counter-terrorism.Read more
- Presents comprehensive coverage, looking at the United Nations, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel and Singapore as well as the UK, the US, Canada and Australia
- Offers a detailed analysis of various counter-terrorism laws and practices
- Provides a critical take on how the United Nations promoted terrorism financing laws and listing processes and the regulation of speech associated with terrorism
Reviews & endorsements
"Encyclopedic and eminently readable, Kent Roach’s The 9/11 Effect casts a cold eye on the failures of counterterrorism policies since 9/11. Providing essential historical and political context, Roach’s survey stands alone in its mastery of the comparative framework for understanding the unique trade-offs between law and security policy. It is a must read for anyone in the field of counterterrorism studies."
- Karen J. Greenberg
Executive Director, Center on Law and Security, New York University Law SchoolSee more reviews
"Professor Roach is one of the world's leading writers and thinkers on using the law to prevent and respond to terrorism. In this book he not only dissects the many thousands of pages of new law enacted after September 11, but manages to speak with authority and insight about the responses of nations around the world. This is a much-needed book because the big questions about anti-terror law cannot be answered within the boundaries of any one nation. They call for just the sort of analysis that Professor Roach undertakes in this important work."
- George Williams
Anthony Mason Professor, Scientia Professor, Faculty of Law, The University of New South Wales
"Unexpected and enlightening ... The unique legal gymnastics performed by the United States to justify its wars in the Middle East and the changes to its intelligence and interrogation policy have tended to concentrate analysts's attention. Kent Roach's new book, however, takes us well beyond these confines. ... The book should also bid fair to become a leading text on this newly important area of the law." - Tracy Lightcap
Law and Politics Book Review
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- Date Published: August 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521185059
- length: 494 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 153 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.66kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
2. The United Nations responds
3. Countries that did not immediately respond
4. The United States responds: executive power and extra-legalism
5. The United Kingdom responds: a legislative war on terrorism
6. Australia responds: hyper legislation
7. Canada responds: immigration, inquiries and human security
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