Law & Politics after September 11th: Civil Rights & the Rule of Law
Hosei Riron Journal of Law & Politics, Vol. 35, No. 3, p. 163, 2003
13 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2010
Date Written: 2003
After September lIth. governments around the world have taken swift action to address what is now perceived as a world-wide threat of terrorism. The measures adopted are powerful and far-reaching. They also have the very real potential seriously to restrict civil rights and freedoms: the very rights and freedoms in the name of which the new anti-terrorism initiatives have been taken. While Courts have the power to ensure that these initiatives do not improperly infringe on individual rights and liberties. in recent judicial pronouncements. it appears that several high courts - specifically including the Supreme Court of Canada - are suggesting more, not less, judicial deference to government initiatives taken at this troubled time.
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