Terrorism in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • R v F (Terrorism)
    • Court of Appeal
    • 16 Fev 2007

    What is striking about the language of s1, read as a whole, is its breadth. Finally, the legislation does not exempt, nor make an exception, nor create a defence for, nor exculpate what some would describe as terrorism in a just cause. Terrorism is terrorism, whatever the motives of the perpetrators.

  • Secretary of State for the Home Department v DD (Afghanistan)
    • Court of Appeal
    • 10 Dez 2010

    KJ appears to be authority for the proposition that military action directed against the armed forces of the government does not as such constitute terrorism or acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations. SIAC in SS stated that these observations were made per incuriam.

  • KJ (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department
    • Court of Appeal
    • 02 Abr 2009

    However, the LTTE, during the period when KJ was a member, was not such an organisation. It pursued its political ends in part by acts of terrorism and in part by military action directed against the armed forces of the government of Sri Lanka. The application of Article 1F(c) is less straightforward in such a case.

  • R v K
    • Court of Appeal
    • 13 Fev 2008

    The natural meaning of that section requires that a document or record that infringes it must contain information of such a nature as to raise a reasonable suspicion that it is intended to be used to assist in the preparation or commission of an act of terrorism. Thus the section places on the person possessing it the obligation to provide a reasonable excuse.

  • R v Gul
    • Supreme Court
    • 23 Out 2013

    The effect of section 1(1) of the 2000 Act is to identify terrorism as consisting of three components. The second component is that the use or threat must be "designed to influence the government [of the UK or any other country] or an [IGO] or to intimidate the public" – section 1(1)(b) and (4).

  • R (Gillan) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and Another; R (Quinton) v Same
    • House of Lords
    • 08 Mar 2006

    Eighthly, a renewed authorisation is subject to the same confirmation procedure. Ninthly, the powers conferred on a constable by an authorisation under sections 44( 1) or (2) may only be exercised to search for articles of a kind which could be used in connection with terrorism. Lastly, it is clear that any misuse of the power to authorise or confirm or search will expose the authorising officer, the Secretary of State or the constable, as the case may be, to corrective legal action.

  • Usman Khan and Others v The Queen
    • Court of Appeal
    • 16 Abr 2013

    A number of principles, however, can properly be emphasised. First, as with any criminal offence, s. 143 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 directs the sentence to consider culpability and harm: in most cases of terrorist offences, the former will be extremely high. Second, the purpose of sentence for the most serious terrorist offences is to punish, deter and incapacitate.

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Books & Journal Articles
  • Terrorism or not terrorism? Whose money are we looking for?
    • Núm. 22-3, July 2015
    • Journal of Financial Crime
    Purpose: – The purpose of this paper is to examine whether the counter-terrorism financing regime provides a solid platform for a better understanding of who should be considered terrorists or what...
  • Beating terrorism.
    • Núm. 548, March - March 2015
    • New African
    ..."How Boko Haram can be defeated" (NA, January 2015) is a richly informed article but problematic in its recommendations on tackling Boko Haram. A combined multinational effort and all possible co-operation between affected states is vital in defeatin......
  • Parliamentary Review of Terrorism Measures
    • Núm. 68-4, July 2005
    • The Modern Law Review
  • Terrorism, militarism, and stock returns
    • Núm. 23-1, January 2016
    • Journal of Financial Crime
    Purpose: – This study aims to examine the effect on stock returns of 28 terrorist and military events occurring between 1963 and 2012. The authors divide the sample and examine these attacks on the...
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Law Firm Commentaries
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