Terrorism in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • R v F (Terrorism)
    • Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)
    • 16 Febrero 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 (Civil Division)
    • 10 Diciembre 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 (Civil Division)
    • 02 Abril 2009

    It is clear that acts of terrorism – in particular the deliberate killing or injuring of civilians in pursuit of political objects – are such acts. Moreover, the Tribunal in its determination under appeal seems to have accepted that an armed campaign against the government would not constitute acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations. For present purposes it is necessary to distinguish between terrorism and such acts.

    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 (Criminal Division)
    • 13 Febrero 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.

  • Secretary of State for the Home Department v AF (No 3)
    • House of Lords
    • 10 Junio 2009

    This establishes that the controlee must be given sufficient information about the allegations against him to enable him to give effective instructions in relation to those allegations. Provided that this requirement is satisfied there can be a fair trial notwithstanding that the controlee is not provided with the detail or the sources of the evidence forming the basis of the allegations.

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

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Books & Journal Articles
  • Terrorism
    • Núm. 63-1, Marzo 2008
    • International Journal
  • Countering terrorism
    • Núm. 60-1, Marzo 2005
    • International Journal
    Until we understand the sources of terrorism and do something about them, we can arm ourselves to the teeth, rampage across the planet with our militaries, suspend many of our civil liberties and s...
  • Terrorism experiments
    • Núm. 48-3, Mayo 2011
    • Journal of Peace Research
    Experimental research has a long-established tradition in psychology and sociology, and a more recent but important history as a useful methodology in economics. In this article, we discuss the str...
  • Review: Inside Terrorism
    • Núm. 55-1, Marzo 2000
    • International Journal
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