Authors: Laura K. Donohue
August 1, 2000
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Taubman Center for State and Local Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Many, if not all of the primary factors and secondary conditions that contributed to the retention of emergency law in the United Kingdom are also at work in other liberal, democratic states faced with a terrorist challenge. The paper highlights these elements, concluding with additional lessons, such as the importance of the social and political context into which domestic statutes are introduced, parallel obligations held by states, the use of liberal discourse to undermine itself, and the significance of precedent in counterterrorism, that come from observing Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

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