Independent Review of Terrorism Laws: Searchlight or Veil?
20 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2014 Last revised: 5 Mar 2014
Date Written: February 24, 2014
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
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