Khawaja: Mixed Messages on the Meaning of Intention, Purpose and Desire
(2013) Criminal Reports, Forthcoming
11 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2013
Date Written: January 16, 2013
In a recent decision reviewing Canada’s terrorism legislation, the Supreme Court made a number of controversial statements on the fault element of certain terrorism offences. In this commentary, I review these statements and consider their impact on the future of mens rea in Canadian criminal law in general, and the crime of participating in a terrorist offence in particular.
Keywords: terrorism, fault element, mens rea, motivation, intention, purpose
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