Crimes Against The State: From Treason to Terrorism

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Feb 28, 2013 - Law - 310 pages

In the post-2001 context of economic and political conflict, this book presents a timely and detailed examination of the role of the criminal law in the protection of the existing order from political dissent and destabilization. It reviews offences such as rebellion, treason, mutiny, espionage, sedition, terrorism, riot and unlawful assembly in the UK, US, Canada and Australia from a comparative perspective and investigates leading cases in their historical and political contexts. Also examining the impact on human rights and civil liberties, this book covers a neglected area of English-derived law and will encourage debate about crimes against states and governments.

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Dr Michael Head, B.Juris, LL.B. (Hons) (Monash), LLM (Columbia), Ph.D. (UWS), is Associate Professor in law at the University of Western Sydney. He is an established name in the fields of law and civil liberties. Over the past ten years, he has had a substantial range of publications in leading law journals. Head is also the author of Calling out the Troops - The Australian Military and Civil Unrest (Federation Press 2008), Administrative Law: Context and Critique (Federation Press, 2nd ed, 2008), Evgeny Pashukanis: A Critical Reappraisal (Routledge-Cavendish, 2008) and co-author with Dr Scott Mann of Law in Perspective: Ethics, society and critical thinking (UNSW Press, 2nd ed, 2008) and Domestic Deployment of the Armed Forces: Military Powers, Law and Human Rights (Ashgate 2009).

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