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Comparative Law: Improving International Cooperation in the War on Terror

"It must be accepted that the nature of war has changed. And it is undeniable that the nature of the threat has changed.

Hostilities are characterised not by open declaration of war, but by civil disturbance, collapsing states, cross-border and terrorist attacks, humanitarian and environmental crisis and the targeting of civilians.

One cannot underestimate the profound impact of 9/11 upon the human psyche across the globe and our preparedness to accept all manner of counter-terrorism measures with direct erosion of human rights on the basis of the barest whiff of asserted need by intelligence and law enforcement agencies..." 

Speech delivered by Fiona McLeod SC, President, Law Council of Australia, at the National Security Summit, Hyatt Hotel, Canberra. Read full speech below. 


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