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The legacy of antiterrorist legislation and policies in the light of human rights standards (1965 onwards)

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Since September 11 2001 an implicit assumption posits the emergence of terrorism as a new phenomenon, whereas terrorism is certainly not a new challenge with which liberal democracies are confronted. This rhetorical assertion has justified the adoption of draconian measures at the national, regional and international level. This talk provides an overview of the provisional findings of my research. It discusses whether and how a country (i.e. the UK, France and Italy) confronted by a terrorist threat, can learn valuable lessons from both its past and foreign experiences, in order to extrapolate usefully into the future and develop a coherent counter-terrorist policy accordingly, in the light of human rights standards.

Bio: Francesca Galli is a PhD candidate in Law at Pembroke College. She holds a Masters Degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies from the University of Trieste-Gorizia (Italy), where she graduated magna cum laude, her dissertation focusing on “Extradition in terrorism cases: the judicial cooperation in criminal matters from the UN Conventions to the European Arrest Warrant” (2005). She has held internship positions in the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the UNODC in Vienna (2003) and in the French Embassy in London under the supervision of the liaison magistrate (2005). She has then completed her Masters degree in Law (LLM) at the Institut d’études Politiques in Paris (2006), while working as an intern at the French Ministry of Justice with the Italian liaison magistrate. Her PhD research focuses on a comparative analysis of the British, French and Italian anti-terrorism legislation from the late 1960s onwards.

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