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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Human Rights in an Age of Terror

12th November 2015, 17:30 to 18:30, Fisher House, Ustinov College, Professor George Williams, AO University of New South Wales, Australia

A central question facing democratic nations is how to combat the threat of terrorism while safeguarding human rights such as freedom of speech and the right to a fair trial. Unless nations achieve an appropriate resolution, they risk undermining the very freedoms they are seeking to protect from terrorism. These questions have been at the forefront of legal and public policy debate since the September 11 attacks, and have assumed a renewed urgency as nations seek to respond to the increased threat of terrorism brought about by fighters returning from conflicts in Syria and Iraq. This talk will examine these debates, and how these problems are being addressed, with a particular focus in Australia, which has enacted a new array of anti-terrorism laws that are stunning both in their number and scope.

This lecture is free and open to all.

Details about Professor George Williams

Directions to Fisher House, Ustinov College

Map - Ustinov College is denoted as building No. 52

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.