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A Lecture at LUMS on International Anti-Terrorism Regimes

April 11, 2012

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The Department of Law & Policy cordially invites you to a Guest Lecture by Dr. Katja Samuel on:

International Anti-Terrorism Regimes and their Impact on Human Rights

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Auditorium SC-4

About the Lecture

Dr. Samuel will examine what rule of law based responses mean in the context of governmental counter-terrorist responses to terrorist acts. More specifically, the key legal principles making up the international rule of law framework (which include those of international human rights, humanitarian, refugee, and criminal law), as well as their increasingly interconnected nature, will be considered. An overarching theme here is that sufficient flexibility and exceptionality is built into this framework such that it is possible for legitimate executive security imperatives to be accommodated within rather than deviate from it. The discussion will then focus on some of the currently most significant challenges to rule of law based responses, such as poor harmonisation between national criminal justice systems in the absence of a universal definition of terrorism; different interpretations of and approaches to the notion of ‘prevention’ in the absence of international agreement regarding the meaning or parameters of this concept, some of which have put the international legal framework under considerable strain; and the need to rebalance counter-terrorist approaches such that preventive/criminal justice responses are the norm, and military responses are exceptional. The lecture will conclude by considering some current national and international judicial trends and approaches towards increasing criminal and civil accountability, and reducing current levels of impunity for governments, their officials and agents.

About the Speaker

Dr. Samuel co-directs a high-level multi-national, multi-disciplinary research project on the Rule of Law and Counter-Terrorism at the University of Nottingham, UK in collaboration with the Club of Madrid (80 former heads of state from 56 democratic countries) and the University of Málaga, Spain under the umbrella of the World Justice Project which is an ambitious, independent initiative aiming to strengthen the rule of law globally. The project’s primary output is a 1200 page book aimed primarily at governmental and inter-governmental practitioners and policy-makers engaged in counter-terrorist responses: AM Salinas de Friás, KLH Samuel, and ND White (eds), Counter-Terrorism: International Law and Practice (Oxford University Press, Oxford 2012).