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Terrorism and the Administration of Justice in Canada

By Robert Diab  

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Long List selection for the 2009 George Ryga Award

After September 11th, the Canadian government made significant amendments to the law, arguing that terrorism made extraordinary measures necessary. In a nation with a high regard for human rights and civil liberties, non-citizens with suspected links to terrorism are being held indefinitely without charge on secret evidence. The scope of state secrecy now extends to almost anything relating to national security. The courts have found these and other changes, including ‘preventive arrests,’ ‘judicial interrogations’ and convictions for terrorism without intent, consistent with the Charter of Rights. Examining the role of Parliament, the courts and law enforcement, this book argues that the anti-terrorism measures are unnecessary and shows that those measures move the administration of justice further from human rights and freedom.

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Contents

  • Introduction
  • Parliament, the Anti-Terrorism Act, and the Climate of Emergency
  • The Courts and Section 7 after September 11
  • Accountability Lost? Law Enforcement in the Age of ‘National Security’
  • Conclusion

Authors

  • Robert Diab

    Capilano College

    Robert teaches at Capilano University in North Vancouver and holds graduate degrees in law and interdisciplinary studies. He is also a practicing lawyer with experience in a range of areas, including criminal, administrative and constitutional law. He has been involved in civil and criminal cases at all levels of court in British Columbia.