Call for papers: Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, “Terrorism, Law, and Democracy: 10 Years after 9/11

* Call for Papers, Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, "Terrorism, Law, and Democracy: 10 Years after 9/11

Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice

2011 Annual Conference

October 13 & 14, 2011

Montreal, Quebec

Terrorism, Law and Democracy: 10 years after 9/11

About the Conference

The conference will focus on how Canadian law has changed with the threat of terrorism in the decade since 9/11. Many of these changes have been controversial, especially in the way in which they reconcile (or not) civil liberties and human rights with enhanced state power to combat terrorism. At the same time, the last decade has been one of several public inquiries, investigating the actual practice of anti-terrorism by Canada’s security services. Key questions arising from the 2011 conference include, at the broadest level, whether Canadian law has successfully preserved fundamental rights and values of substantive and procedural justice while at the same time contributing to anti-terrorism.

More specifically, the CIAJ 2011 conference will grapple with the practice and law of anti-terrorism, focusing on themes such as:

Anti-terrorism in Context

o Understanding the Threat Environment 10 years after 9/11

o The Challenge of Intelligence Collection and Sharing

o Overview of Recent Canadian and Comparative Legal Developments

Developments in Substantive Anti-Terrorism Law

o Developments in Canadian Criminal Law and Anti-terrorism

o Developments in Canadian Administrative Law and Anti-terrorism

Procedure and Accountability in Anti-terrorism Matters

o Due Process and the Adjudication of Terrorism Cases

o Oversight and Review of Security and Intelligence Agencies

Call for Papers

Panels on these themes will comprise judges, government and private practitioners and academics. By this call for papers, the CIAJ welcomes expressions of interest from academic participants. Expressions of interest should consist of a brief cover letter explaining the applicant’s research interest in the area, a curriculum vitae and an abstract of one page or less describing the paper the applicant proposes delivering. Successful applicants will deliver a fully analytical paper offering a perspective on one of the themes listed above, or a subset of it.

Papers will be submitted to a peer-reviewed process for possible publication in a volume produced by the CIAJ after the conference.


Expressions of interest: By Friday, October 29, 2010, via email to

Notice to successful candidates: By end of December 2010

Draft conference paper: By Friday, May 27, 2011

Final pre-conference paper: By Friday, September 9, 2011

Contact persons for further information: Christine Robertson, Christine.Robertson

Call for Papers (CIAJ Anti-terrorism Conference).pdf

Call for Papers.docx

Author Profile

Robert M. Chesney
Robert M. Chesney is Charles I. Francis Professor in Law at UT-Austin School of Law. Chesney is a national security law specialist, with a particular interest in problems associated with terrorism. Professor Chesney recently served in the Justice Department in connection with the Detainee Policy Task Force created by Executive Order 13493. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Law and National Security, a senior editor for the Journal of National Security Law & Policy, an associate member of the Intelligence Science Board, a non-resident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the American Law Institute. Professor Chesney has published extensively on topics ranging from detention and prosecution in the counterterrorism context to the states secrets privilege. He served previously as chair of the Section on National Security Law of the Association of American Law Schools and as editor of the National Security Law Report (published by the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Law and National Security). His upcoming projects include two books under contract with Oxford University Press, one concerning the evolution of detention law and policy and the other examining the judicial role in national security affairs.
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