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Precursor Crimes of Terrorism

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Precursor Crimes of Terrorism

The Criminalisation of Terrorism Risk in Comparative Perspective

9781788976312 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Clive Walker, Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice Studies, School of Law, University of Leeds, UK, Mariona Llobet Anglí, Professor of Criminal Law, Department of Law, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona and Manuel Cancio Meliá, Full Professor of Criminal Law, Law Faculty, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Publication Date: January 2022 ISBN: 978 1 78897 631 2 Extent: c 368 pp
This illuminating book offers a timely assessment of the development and proliferation of precursor crimes of terrorism, exploring the functions and implications of these expanding offences in different jurisdictions. In response to new modes and sources of terrorism, attempts to pre-empt potential attacks through precursor offences have emerged. This book examines not only the meanings and effectiveness of this approach, but also the challenges posed to human rights and social and economic development.

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This illuminating book offers a timely assessment of the development and proliferation of precursor crimes of terrorism, exploring the functions and implications of these expanding offences in different jurisdictions. In response to new modes and sources of terrorism, attempts to pre-empt potential attacks through precursor offences have emerged. This book examines not only the meanings and effectiveness of this approach, but also the challenges posed to human rights and social and economic development.

Featuring contributions from leading academic and practitioner experts in counter-terrorism law, the book covers the broad scope of activities tackled by these new legal interventions, including membership, collaboration, communications, training and financing. Taking a comparative approach that relies on extensive experience in various jurisdictions, including the UK and Spain, the chapters also discuss important related issues such as international cooperation, investigations and penology, offering insights into the context of policies and practices.

Scholars and advanced students of criminal and human rights law with an interest in terrorism and terrorism offences will find this book essential reading. It will also benefit legal practitioners and policy makers in fields such as international criminal law cooperation and counter-terrorism.
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‘This impressive collection of essays, from internationally respected academics and practitioners with expertise on terrorism and criminal law, tackles an important recent phenomenon. As ever more States seek to counter the threat of terrorism in innovative ways, specialised criminal offences proliferate and expand to reach those who fund, plan, encourage, prepare, or glorify terrorism in the physical and online worlds. The perceived threat posed by terrorism permits legislatures to criminalise more widely and punitively. The need for adequate scrutiny and safeguards is obvious as these offences challenge orthodox definitions and structures of criminal laws and their jurisdictional reach as well as traditional trial processes. This volume provides an insightful exploration of the theoretical, social and practical dimensions to pre-cursor offences and offenders, drawing particularly on European experience. It will serve as a valuable resource for scholars and policy makers examining the many challenges that such legislation brings.’
– David Ormerod CBE, QC, University College London, UK

‘This work explores and updates the study on the limits of criminal intervention against terrorism. It masterfully combines the study of the fundamentals with a common thread in the "advancement" of the punitive barrier to crimes of expression or crimes of belonging to organisations, without neglecting procedural aspects, cooperation or prison execution. And all of this with a comparative law approach that makes this work a genuinely European contribution to a more contained, legitimate and, at the same time, effective anti-terrorist strategy.’
– Jon-Mirena Landa, Director, UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, University of the Basque Country, Spain
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Contributors include: Mariona Llobet Anglí, Paul Arnell, Gonzalo J. Basso, Gonzalo Boye Tuset, Enara Garro Carrera, Mark Carroll, Francesca Galli, Iñigo Ortiz De Urbina Gimeno, Daniel Rodríguez Horcajo, Saskia Maria Hufnagel, Florence Lee, Fernando Miró Llinares, Juan Alberto Díaz López, Mertxe Landera Luri, Aniceto Masferrer, Manuel Cancio Meliá, Christopher Michaelsen, Anneke Petzsche, Ben Saul, Pedro Talavera, Mark Topping, Benet Salellas I Vilar, Clive Walker

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