Terrorism and National Security

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A lecture by David Anderson QC, the former Independent Reviewer of UK Terrorism Legislation.

Counter-terrorism as a field continues to present fundamental challenges not only to the rule of law and human rights, but also to systems of political accountability. In his lecture, David Anderson reflected on the development of UK counter-terrorism legislation from 2011 to 2017. He discussed the meaning of national security and consider the best structures for countering terrorism threats in a changing world.

David Anderson QC had been the UK’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation since 2011 to 2017. The post combines complete independence from Government with a high degree of access to sensitive national security material. He reads and travels widely in order to inform his regular reports to the Home Secretary and the Treasury on the operation of the anti-terrorism laws. Other reports have included ‘A Question of Trust’ (2015) and the report of his Bulk Powers Review (2016), both of which had a significant influence on the Investigatory Powers Act 2016. David combines his duties as Independent Reviewer with practice from Brick Court Chambers in London, and serves as a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey and as a Visiting Professor of Law at King’s College London.


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