Past Activities


By Professor Kent Roach


The events of September 11, 2001 had a significant effect on anti-terrorism law and policy in many countries. With a focus on Canada and comparisons drawn to other jurisdictions including Indonesia and Singapore, this paper will explore a number of questions:

Was the existing criminal law an adequate response to the dangers of mass terrorism?

What is the role of the independent judiciary in supervising anti-terrorism efforts?

What is the appropriate balance between using the criminal law and relying on administrative measures to prevent terrorism and limit its harms?

Should new laws and powers aimed at terrorism also be used against other serious crimes?

What is the role of anti-discrimination principles in anti-terrorism law and policy?

What is the appropriate balance between compliance with international standards and threats and respecting domestic concerns and traditions in responding to terrorism?

About the Speaker

Professor Kent Roach
Professor of Law and Criminology, University of Toronto.

Kent Roach is a Professor of Law and Criminology at the University of Toronto where he teaches and writes in the areas of criminal and constitutional law. He is presently a visiting Professorial Fellow at NUS. His publications include Due Process and Victims’ Rights: The New Law and Politics of Criminal Justice (1999), Criminal Law 2nd ed (2000) and The Supreme Court on Trial: Judicial Activism or Democratic Dialogue (2001). He is the co-editor of The Security of Freedom: Essays on Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Bill (2001) and has acted as a resource person for a working group that is drafting anti-terrorism legislation in Indonesia. He is currently completing a manuscript on the effects of September 11 on Canadian law, democracy, sovereignty and security.



BACK TO STAFF SEMINAR SERIES 2001-2002 (Second Semester)