Critics’ Reviews

The book provides the first comprehensive and in-depth treatment of some of the most pressing questions and challenges Australia faces when responding to the threat of terrorism. The editors…have performed a fine job in organising the difference contributions into a coherent and interesting whole.

Law and Liberty and the War on Terror is an excellent volume containing a long-overdue analysis of key questions of Australia’s counter-terrorism law and policy…this book is a must for anyone interested in the challenges and problems of Australian counter-terrorism law and policy. It deserves wide readership. – UNSW Law Journal, Volume 31(1), 2008

Overall this is an impressive book on the subject. It provides a balanced commentary on legal reform in Australia in response to the events on September 2001 and beyond. It is generally an accessible book, which can be appreciated by legal practitioners and those in the broader community. It is recommended for any collection that would benefit from a comprehensive commentary on this controversial and constantly evolving issue. – Australian Law Librarian, Vol 16 No 2, 2008

The topics covered are broad, ranging from suppression of free speech to control orders and preventative detention. …similarly, the contributors cover a broad spectrum, including barristers, politicians, judges, bureaucrats, academics and at least one former army interrogator. As is appropriate, the views of Australia’s former chief law officer, Phillip Ruddock, are also presented.

…this collection provides an important grounding in the debates which will continue for a while to come. It will also be a necessary reminder when the specific events have been forgotten. – Andrew Field, Law Institute Journal of Victoria, December 2008

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