In the wake of the 9/1 terrorist attacks, anti-terrorism legislation has proven to have far reaching implications for the way the western world has come to understand the relationship between society and the law. Indeed, as the focal point of this course, the relationship between society and the law has come to be understood as one of many tensions and contradictions. What has become clear thus far is the notion that the relationship between the two is one of adaptability and fluid change, where as one evolves the need for change in the other becomes evident. In this context, the anti-terrorism laws that have been enacted in this country since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 have in theory been implemented in response to the changing needs of our society.
By examining the way in which the Canadian state has responded to the threat of terrorism, one is able to understand a great deal about the way our social and political institutions have responded to the ever changing needs of our society.
[...] As such an argument emerges it forces me to reconsider my original sentiments that legal literature on the subject may not prove to be helpful, as now it would seem the Charter of Rights and Freedoms becomes centerfold in this discourse of anti-terrorism legislation in Canada and specifically the case of Abousfian Abdelrazik. Legal Literature In conducting a search of legal literature on the subject I realized that my usual search parameters were not sufficient to obtain the information I was looking for. [...]
[...] Dated March 16th of this year, this article discusses the anti-terrorism legislation that has prevented willing individuals to pay for Mr. Abdelrazik's return home. In my opinion this article is not only beneficial for its up to the minute reporting on the case, but also because it exists as a window into an academic realm in which students and scholars alike are writing and reading about the plight of Abousfian Abdelrazik. Academic Literature A rather obvious starting point under this category was to look under the library catalogue to see what hits I was able to conjure up. [...]
[...] Abdelrazik's case has particular relevance to our class discussions of anti terrorism legislation and its relationship to society and as such will be the focus of this essay prospectus. Research Plan In conducting this investigation I believe it may be helpful to consider a wide variety of sources including government publications, reports from non governmental organizations, the mass media and recent academic literature by those scholars familiar with the case. Through such an approach, it is argued that one will be able to develop a rather accurate picture of how Mr. [...]
[...] In this article, the author begins by proposing that the war on terror has effectively labeled Arabs and Muslims in Canada as non-citizens. It provides a useful reference as it discusses how we have evolved from times when such racism resulted in the establishment of internment camps and the loss of citizenship. A broad theme of the paper is the relationship between citizenship and government legislation in times of war. In the context of our own discussion, the author explains how case studies illustrate that one cannot understand the consequences of the war on terror by simple the law in a book. [...]
[...] Such information is a testament to the public awareness of the case and the actions of Canadians in trying to bring Abousfian Abdelrazik back to Canada. As I was less than content with my search results in the realm of legal literature I decided to take a closer look at something I had read earlier in my research. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is found under the government of Canada's justice department. As I scrolled down the list of inalienable rights and freedoms it occurred to me just how many of these have effectively been turned upside down in the wake of anti-terror legislation and preventive security measures. [...]
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