Understanding Anti-Terrorism Policy: Values, Rationales and Principles

(June, 2012) 34(2) Sydney Law Review, 317-346

28 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2013

Date Written: April 18, 2011


Although there has been a flurry of new anti-terrorism laws in the years since 9/11, which have had often far-reaching and significant effects, the framework which is most commonly used to explicate and evaluate these laws is widely regarded as unsatisfactory. The aim of this article is to develop an alternative framework. The article uses a number of practical examples to illustrate how the proposed framework’s key features open up discussion of issues of critical importance. In the absence of an entrenched Bill of Rights in Australia, the article also uses the framework to outline some strategies and techniques which can be utilised by those concerned to protect individuals from state overreaching.

Keywords: Anti-terrorism, security, liberty, human rights

JEL Classification: K10, K14

Suggested Citation

MacDonald, Stuart K., Understanding Anti-Terrorism Policy: Values, Rationales and Principles (April 18, 2011). (June, 2012) 34(2) Sydney Law Review, 317-346. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2327508

Stuart K. MacDonald (Contact Author)

Swansea University College of Law ( email )

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

HOME PAGE: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/staff/academic/law/macdonalds/

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