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David Lowe

Dr
Leeds Beckett University and Dr David Lowe Consultancy

I am a retired police officer with various CID experience and formerly principal lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University's Law School. As well as being a research fellow at Leeds Beckett I run my own company (website https://drdavidlowe.co.uk/ ). I have many publication in the area of terrorism & security, criminal law and policing and I am consistently requested by national and international media to provide expert commentary in these areas

Biography

I served as a police officer with Merseyside Police in the UK with varied experience including CID postings and after retiring I was a principal lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University's Law School. After leaving Liverpool John Moores I am now a Research Fellow at Leeds Beckett University's Law School, I also run my own company, Dr David Lowe Consultancy where among the services I provides is expert witness and my recent work has included assisting the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism unit, SO15 and the Ireland's Chief State Prosecutor and An Garda Siochana I also provide expert support in areas of law and policy. I am currently working with UK Home Office staff on the UK's Prevent policy and counter-extremism. In addition to this I am working with colleagues on prepare and Protect policy initiatives. Due to my expertise I am consistently requested for expert commentary in the area of terrorism and security, criminal law and policing. This includes the UK media such as the BBC (both television and radio), Sky News, LBC and talkRadio as well as international media including CNN, Australia's ABC, Al Jazeera Russia's RT and Sputnik radio Turkey's TRT, France 24 and DW Germany. I have many publications in my research areas from books, book chapters, peer reviewed journals and online journals

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    My main areas of research are terrorism and security, criminal law and policing. This emanates from my wide experience as a police officer.

Personal Interests

    I am a passionate Everton supporter and season ticket holder, which makes me an eternal optimist! Been a tough few years but I am confident Everton will become successful. I also love cricket, especially watching and supporting England's cricket team.

Websites

Books

Articles

The New Jurist

The Christchurch Terrorist Attack, the Far-Right, and Social Media: What can we Learn?


Published: Apr 21, 2019 by The New Jurist
Authors: David Lowe
Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Law

Focusing on the Christchurch terrorist attack,15th March 2019 the article examines the rise of far-right terrorist activity. The article carries out a comparative study on the EU, UK, US, Canada and Australia legislative measures to deal with far-right terrorism.

Studies in Conflict & Terrorism

‘Prevent Strategies: The Problems Associated in Defining Extremism – the case of the UK


Published: Jul 11, 2018 by Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
Authors: David Lowe
Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Law

This article argues that a legal definition of extremism must be carefully drafted to provide legal certainty. The main recommendation is that all forms of violent and nonviolent extremism comes under the definition, ensuring it is differentiated from activism. Activism may hold radical views counter to the mainstream opinion, but it is required in liberal democracies as it encourages healthy debate and can prevent the policing of thought in any government strategy or legislation

Forensic Research and Criminology International Journal,

Prevent Strategies: Time to re-brand them and minimise divisiveness’


Published: Aug 07, 2017 by Forensic Research and Criminology International Journal,
Authors: David Lowe
Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Law

The article examines Prevent strategies, designed to assist those vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. The main analysis focuses on how effective they are.

The UK in a Changing Europe

Plugging into EU Justice and Home affairs policing


Published: Jun 07, 2017 by The UK in a Changing Europe
Authors: David Lowe
Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice

The article looks at the relationship the UK will have with the EU regarding organised crime and terrorism post Brexit

International Criminal Law Review

‘The European Union’s Passenger Name Record Data Directive 2016/681: Is It Fit For Purpose?


Published: Oct 03, 2016 by International Criminal Law Review
Authors: David Lowe
Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Law

This Article examines these issues related to earlier EU PNR agreements with third countries and why previous EU attempts to legislate in this area failed. By drawing a comparison with the 2011 PNR Directive proposal, the Article argues that by meeting the strict EU law on data protection as well as being necessary to assist in preventing and detecting acts of terrorism and serious crime.

 Terrorism & Political Violence

‘Surveillance and International Terrorism Intelligence Exchange: Balancing the Interests of National Security and Individual Liberty


Published: Sep 05, 2016 by Terrorism & Political Violence
Authors: David Lowe
Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Law

The article discusses legal challenges that have been made regarding surveillance and the use of anti-terror laws on citizens and the rationale behind the judicial decisions made in both the U.S. and UK jurisdictions. The argument forwarded is that there is a requirement for wide preventative powers being granted to counter-terrorism agencies

The New Jurist

Prevent/Resilience Strategies: Are they Inclusive or Divisive?


Published: Jun 06, 2016 by The New Jurist
Authors: David Lowe
Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Law

While this article’s main focus is on the UK’s Prevent strategy, it includes a comparative study with other states Prevent/Resilience strategies looking at the rationale behind their creation and the problems that emanated since their introduction.

The Conversation

Manchester attack: as bombs return, what can be done to make venues safer?


Published: May 23, 2016 by The Conversation
Authors: David Lowe
Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice

Looking the Prepare policy the article examines what measures can be taken to make venues such as sports and leisure arenas safer.

The Conversation

Run, hide, tell – treat? The public now has a role to play in Westminster-style attacks


Published: Mar 25, 2016 by The Conversation
Authors: David Lowe
Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Law

The article looks at the role of CitizenAID in under the Prepare strategy

The Conversation

Terrorism in Westminster: London had expected attack for some time and police reaction was rapid


Published: Mar 22, 2016 by The Conversation
Authors: David Lowe
Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice

The article looks preparations and police response to terrorist attacks in the UK

The New Jurist

The Implications of the Schrems Decision and ending of the US-EU Safe Harbour Agreement


Published: Jan 11, 2016 by The New Jurist
Authors: David Lowe
Subjects: Law

This article examines what legal factors led to the CJEU making the decision that has resulted in the ending of the Safe harbour Agreement and why it is important that third countries who the EU has agreements have in place adequate legal provisions regarding data protection

The New Jurist

Why in Widening Surveillance Powers of Electronic Communications, Co-Operation is needed with Internet and Communications Service Providers


Published: Sep 07, 2015 by The New Jurist
Authors: David Lowe
Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Law

This article proposes that as privacy rights and data protection are deeply embedded within its law, the European Union (EU) has the opportunity to become a major international actor on the world stage in seeking that co-operation with ISP and CSP’s in securing access to communications data and its retention.

Policing and Society

Lack of Discretion in High Policing


Published: Sep 05, 2011 by Policing and Society
Authors: David Lowe
Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice

This is the first type of study carried out on an agency involved in policing national security. The main submission is that compared to their lower ranking colleagues in low policing, such as the uniform department, operational officers in high policing have little or no opportunity to apply discretion when applying the law during their investigations

Journal of Academic and Legal Studies

EU Criminal Law: In through the back door


Published: Jul 03, 2006 by Journal of Academic and Legal Studies
Authors: David Lowe
Subjects: Law

The threat of multi-national crime, and thus the need for supra-national crime prevention, have led to the steadily growing importance of the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Commission under the Third Pillar of the European Union (EU).

Videos

20th anniversary fo Al Qaeda's bombing of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania

Published: Aug 08, 2018

Discussion on potency of the terrrist threat posed by Al Qaeda today

Identity Cards

Published: Sep 13, 2018

Discussion on the law and policy around identity cards, data protection and right to privacy

UK Intelligence and Security Committe Reort into UK terrorist attacks 2017

Published: Nov 22, 2018

Discussion on law and procedure on terroist attacks, focusing on MI5 failings in the Manchester Arena bombing April 2018

Espionage in Turkey

Published: Dec 06, 2018

Discussion on the role of security intelligence in Turkey and internationally

RAF bombing of IS targets in Syria

Published: Jan 22, 2019

Discussing the reduction in RAF bombing capability of IS targets in Syria

Christchurch terrorist attack 15th March 2019

Published: Mar 15, 2019

Interview discussing the law and issues around the far-right and terrorist attacks

Utrecht Shooting March 2019

Published: Mar 18, 2019

Interview discussing the issues around the Utrecht shooting 18th March 2019

Boko Harem

Published: Jul 22, 2018

I am part of a panel discussing the threat the group Boko Harem pose in Nigeria

Airstrikes on Al-Shabaab

Published: Jul 22, 2018

DW Germany interview discussing issues surroudning the US airstrikes on Al-Shabaab training camps

Orlando Shooting 2016

Published: Jul 22, 2018

TRT World interview discussing issues surroundign the Orlando shooting in 2016

Retaking Mosul

Published: Jul 22, 2018

TRT World interview on the Iraqi forces retaking the city of Mosul from Islamic State control

Fighting Daesh

Published: Jul 22, 2018

Discussing methods to defeat Daesh (Islamic State group)

Paris Terrorist Attacks November 2015

Published: Jul 22, 2018

Discussing with Sky news the terrorist attacks that occurred in November 2015

Talking to Sky News about terorrism and airport security

Published: Jul 22, 2018