ASBOs and Control Orders: Two Recurring Themes, Two Apparent Contradictions

Parliamentary Affairs, Forthcoming

38 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2006

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When the Government first proposed the creation of the Control Order, many commented on its apparent similarity with the Anti-Social Behaviour Order. Looking beyond the obvious similarities, the aim of this paper is to draw out two deeper themes which marked the development of both remedies. For each theme an apparent contradiction will also be identified. The paper concludes by arguing that these two recurring themes and two apparent contradictions cast doubt upon New Labour's professed commitment to nurturing a culture of human rights

Keywords: control orders, terrorism, criminal justice policy

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

MacDonald, Stuart K., ASBOs and Control Orders: Two Recurring Themes, Two Apparent Contradictions. Parliamentary Affairs, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN:

Stuart K. MacDonald (Contact Author)

Swansea University College of Law ( email )

Richard Price Building
Singleton Park
Swansea, SA2 8PP
United Kingdom


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