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National Security Law Research & Policy Initiative

The Initiative was established in 2015 and aims to facilitate the discussion of innovative research and to examine policy solutions to problems arising in national security law. The Initiative’s ethos is that rigorous research, a collaborative approach, and public service through policy impact is of crucial importance in contemporary national security law. The Initiative therefore aims enable researchers to better engage in rigorous legal research on national security law and policy, and to then translate that research into contributions to policy debates.

The National Security Law Research & Policy Initiative is a venture with the support of the Transnational Law Institute and Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy and Law at the School. For further details about the Initiative’s work please contact its Director, Dr Cian Murphy.

Recent Events 2015 - 2017

8 April 2016: Canada's Response to IS: A Comparative Perspective

Canada has long been at the forefront of international efforts to combat terrorism. In this lecture, Canada's leading thinker on counter-terrorism law, Professor Kent Roach (Toronto) , examines Canada's response to the threat of IS in comparative perspective. Dr Sabrina Gilani, Lecturer in Canadian Law (Sussex) will serve as chair and discussant. This is the second in our series, Speaking about National Security & Law.

10-11 March 2016: Accountability for Transnational Counter-terrorism Operations (International Association of Constitutional Law Workshop)

The Initiative will host the 2016 workshop of the International Association of Constitutional Law’s Constitutional Responses to Terrorism Research Group. The workshop, on the topic of Accountability for Transnational Counter-terrorism Operations, will consider fields such as targeted killings, torture (and rendition to torture), and data surveillance.

Keynote speakers include David Anderson Q.C. (Brick Court Chambers & King’s College London), Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation & author of A Question of TrustReport of the Investigatory Powers Review, Shaheed Fatima (Blackstone Chambers), Conor Gearty (LSE & Matrix Chambers), Jemima Stratford (Brick Court Chambers), and Alice Ross (The Guardian).

To view the Call for Papers see here

Priv-Sec Discussion List

The Priv-Sec Discussion List is an email discussion list that aims to monitor and inform the debate on investigatory powers reform in the United Kingdom following the publication of multiple reports on the current legal framework. The list is open to all those with a professional interest in the field upon application to the Initiative Director. 

30 November 2015: Countering Terrorism by Revoking Citizenship

The response from states to the threat of terrorism, and in particular to the problem of fighters that return from Iraq and Syria, has been to enact laws to strip citizenship. The United Kingdom leads the world in this area. Its model of citizenship stripping has inspired similar policies around the world – in particular in Canada and Australia. In this lecture Professor George Williams AO, Foundation Director of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, University of New South Wales, examines this transnational legal phenomenon as it spreads across the globe.

This is the first in a new series of lectures, Speaking about National Security Law, at the National Security Law Research & Policy Initiative. The series is supported by the Transnational Law Institute at the Dickson Poon School of Law. Register here.

2 November 2015: A Surveillance Framework for a Digital Age: Authorisation, Oversight & the Judiciary (JUSTICE-King’s College London Roundtable)

This invitation-only roundtable, in association with the NGO JUSTICE, is held with the support of the Dickson Poon gift to the School. The roundtable will engage practitioners, politicians, industry experts, and academic leaders to consider the key challenges to law reform of surveillance powers in the UK today. This event is by invitation only – please contact Cian Murphy with any inquiries.


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