Independent Review of Terrorism Laws: Searchlight or Veil?

20 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2014 Last revised: 5 Mar 2014

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David Anderson

Brick Court Chambers; King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law

Date Written: February 24, 2014

Abstract

This paper traces the history of the post of the UK's Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation from its beginnings in 1978 to the present day. The current functions of the Independent Reviewer are described, and the influence attributable to holders of the post is outlined. Two recent case studies describe how the Independent Reviewer can influence Government both directly and in conjunction with other, more powerful channels: in particular, Parliament and the courts.

Keywords: terrorism, civil liberties, independent review

JEL Classification: K39

Suggested Citation

Anderson, David, Independent Review of Terrorism Laws: Searchlight or Veil? (February 24, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2400656 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2400656

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King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law

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