02 dic 2009

The impact of contemporary security agendas against terrorism on criminal law and law enforcement


News from Max Planck Institute for foreign and international criminal law
3-6 December 2009



The seminar 'The impact of contemporary security agendas against terrorism on criminal law and law enforcement' (Thursday–Sunday, 3–6 December 2009) will involve speakers from the United Kingdom, the United States, Austria, Canada, Israel, Norway and the Scandinavian countries, Peru, Poland, Russia, Turkey and Germany. The seminar’s subject is the impact of recently adopted security agendas against terrorism on criminal law and law enforcement in the speaker’s countries. From a comparative criminal perspective, this subject is of major interest: First, because of its cross-cutting character, encompassing substantive criminal law, criminal procedure, and issues surrounding the concept of law enforcement as such. Second, because despite the well-known theoretical and practical differences of the aforementioned legal areas between the countries involved, these countries share the need for security agendas that are effective against terrorism. Thus, by examining how the countries handle the same issues, structural differences among the three countries with regard to their security agendas against terrorism will become visible. The focal question of the seminar is whether the security policies against terrorism in these countries share the main attributes which have led to structural changes in the criminal law and law enforcement of Germany and, if so, where and to what extent structural adjustments were necessary and at what price for civil liberties. The seminar will develop an answer to this central question by identifying changes in criminal law and law enforcement that have accompanied the new security agendas against terrorism in the countries involved, analyzing structural differences between the security-driven changes in criminal law and law enforcement in the countries, and identifying similarities and differences in the criminal policies of the countries.
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