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Terrorism and Criminal Justice on Trial: A U.K. Perspective

November 2, 2009 |  5:30:00  |  Eidmann Jury Room, UT School of Law

Mr. Robert Chesney, Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center and Charles I. Francis Professor at the UT School of Law, welcomed Mr. Clive Walker, Professor of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Leeds on November 2, 2009 in the Eidman Courtroom at UT School of Law to speak on terrorism and criminal justice in the U.K.

Mr. Walker presented his experience and analysis of U.K. laws relating to terrorism. His presentation highlighted the need for rebalancing the criminal prosecution process within existing frameworks. He emphasized the importance of agendas that go beyond the court, such as developing an understanding of social circumstances and environment. Mr. Walker described the concept of a “Àúneighbor terrorist,’ a citizen or resident of Britain or another European country, and discussed its importance to criminal prosecution, particularly in relation to the prosecution of foreign terrorists. He also discussed the changing trends, problems and pressures in criminal prosecution and criminal offenses in the U.K. He concluded his presentation by discussing comparative practices in the U.K. and potential lessons for the U.S.

Mr. Walker fielded questions from the audience on special court systems, human rights concepts on the issues of terrorism, overlap between executive and judicial branch and issues of extra territorial jurisdiction.

Clive Walker is Professor of Criminal Justice Studies at the School of Law, University of Leeds. He was Dean of the School between 2000 and 2005. He has written extensively on emergency issues, with many published papers not only in the United Kingdom but also in several other countries, especially the United States, where he has been a visiting professor at George Washington University and Stanford University. His books have focused upon terrorism, including The Anti-Terrorism Legislation (2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 2009). In 2003, he was a special adviser to the U.K. Parliamentary select committee, which was considering what became the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. A further book commentating upon that legislation, The Civil Contingencies Act 2004: Risk, Resilience and the Law in the United Kingdom, was published by Oxford University Press in 2006.

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