Criminal Law and Philosophy

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 99–121 | Cite as

Terrorizing Criminal Law

Original Paper


The essays in Waldron’s Torture, Terror, and Trade-Offs have important implications for debates about the criminalization of terrorism and terrorism-related offences and its consequences for criminal law and criminal justice. His reflections on security speak directly to contemporary debates about the preventive role of the criminal law. And his analysis of inter-personal security trade-offs invites much closer attention to the costs of counter-terrorism policies, particularly those pursued outside the criminal process. But is Waldron right to speak of a ‘welcome the return to the criminal justice model’? This article considers the arguments in favour of prioritizing the prosecution of terrorist suspects and asks if their prosecution can safely proceed without undue hazard to the criminal law and criminal process.


Criminal law Terrorism Counter-terrorism Security Civil liberties Criminal process 



I am grateful to colleagues at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow; Department of Government, LSE; and Faculty of Law, University of Pennsylvania for their discussion of earlier versions of this article. I thank Andrew Ashworth, John Ip, Nicola Lacey, Ambrose Lee, Massimo Renzo, Adam Tomkins, and Patrick Tomlin for their insightful comments on an earlier draft; Daniel Alati for his research assistance; and the Arts and Humanities Research Council for the award of a grant for a three- year study of ‘Preventive Justice’ (ID: AH/H015655/1).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of OxfordOxfordUK
  2. 2.UNSWSydneyAustralia

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