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Professor Emeritus Clive Walker at the ESC in Porto

7 October 2015 | Alex Greenwood

Professor Emeritus Clive Walker chaired a panel at the annual meeting of the European Society of Criminology in Porto on 03 September 2015.

The panel was entitled: ‘The boundaries and strategies of national counter-terrorism laws: Complex unity or chronic conflict?’ It reflected the fact that the boundaries and strategies relevant to counter-terrorism have become more explicit and yet more complex over the past decade or so.

These trends are demonstrated by the elaborations of strategies such the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy and at national level (an example is the UK's CONTEST strategy). The explicit part of the strategic statements has tended to cohere around three themes: (1) the ‘pursuit’ of terrorists, meaning surveillance, disruption, counter-measures, and criminal prosecution; (2) the ‘prevention’ of terrorism, meaning the engagement at an ideological level with ideas, arguments, and conditions which might conduce to the terrorism cause; (3) ‘protection’ against terrorism, meaning measures of protective security. These three elements represent an ongoing attempt at complex unity but carry the seeds of chronic conflict through internal inconsistency and through their impact on boundary issues.

Each of the strategic elements and the operation of boundary restraints was the subject of a paper presented at this panel: (1) Dr Saskia Hufnagel (who was a research fellow at the School of Law, University of Leeds) presented a paper on 'Police cooperation strategies in the area of terrorism'; (2) Dr Joshua Skockzyis (who is a recent Ph.D graduate of the School of Law, University of Leeds presented on 'Preventing violent extremism’; (3) Professor Emeritus Clive Walker presented on 'The delineation and delimitation of homeland security: Bridging security and justice'.

The three papers were based on chapter very recently published in a major book, Lennon, G. and Walker, C. (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Law and Terrorism (Routledge, Abingdon, 2015)

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