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Extremism, Free Speech and Counter-Terrorism Law and Policy

1st Edition

Edited by Ian Cram


216 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This edited collection addresses a number of free speech vs security concerns that are engaged by counter-terrorism law and policy makers across a number of liberal democracies, and explores the delicate balance between free speech and the censoring of views that promote hatred or clash with fundamental democratic values. It does this by looking at the perspectives and level of disagreement between those who consider today’s counter-terrorism and extremism strategies to be a soft and liberal approach, and those who believe these strategies disproportionately impact freedom of expression and association and non-violent political dissent.

The contributors include academics, practicing lawyers, and think-tank analysts who examine whether universities and schools incubators of violent radicalism and debate, and whether the views of ‘extremist’ speakers and hate preachers need to be censored. Outside the UK, critical discussion of the regulation of counter-terrorism, extremism, and free speech in other liberal democracies is also offered.

This book will be of great interest to researchers and practitioners with interests in extremism, terrorism, civil rights, and freedom of speech.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction - Ian Cram
  2. Countering terrorism through limits on inciteful speech: Principles and problems - Ian Cram
  3. Legal v. Non-Legal Responses to Hateful Expression - Nadine Strossen
  4. Counter Terrorism Policies and Freedom of Association – International and Comparative Perspectives - Ash Bhagwat
  5. University free speech as a space of exception in Prevent? - Andrew Neal
  6. Prevent in Schools after the Trojan Horse Affair - Helen Fenwick & Daniel Fenwick
  7. Finding the Right Balance in Counter-Extremism: Debates and Policies in the UK and Europe - Emma Webb
  8. Bad Law: How the United States Supreme Court Mishandled the Free Speech Issue in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project - James Weinstein & Ash Bhagwat
  9. Free speech and counter terrorism in Australia - Keiran Hardy & George Williams
  10. Addressing terrorism in New Zealand’s low threat environment – Andrew Geddis & Elana Geddis

About the Editor

Ian Cram is Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, School of Law, Leeds University. His research interests include freedom of expression and constitutional reform. His previous publications include Terror and the War on Dissent and Citizen Journalists: Newer Media, Republican Moments and the Constitution.

About the Series

Extremism and Democracy

This series covers academic studies within the broad fields of ‘extremism’ and ‘democracy’, with volumes focusing on adjacent concepts such as populism, radicalism, and ideological/religious fundamentalism. These topics have been considered largely in isolation by scholars interested in the study of political parties, elections, social movements, activism, and radicalisation in democratic settings. A key focus of the series, therefore, is the (inter-)relation between extremism, radicalism, populism, fundamentalism, and democracy. Since its establishment in 1999, the series has encompassed both influential contributions to the discipline and informative accounts for public debate. Works will seek to problematise the role of extremism, broadly defined, within an ever-globalising world, and/or the way social and political actors can respond to these challenges without undermining democratic credentials.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General