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After 9/11, there were two kinds of lawyer: those who betrayed the rule of law, and those who were inspired to its defence, according to UCLA Professor Richard Abel, who delivers the 2014 Hal Wootten Lecture tonight.

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ASIO's unprecedented detention powers have led to no prosecutions and should be repealed, research led by UNSW Scientia Professor George Williams has found.


One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. Despite the ambiguity, finding a workable definition of "terrorism" might not be so hard, argues Fergal Davis.

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David Hicks' future is as much a matter of politics as the law, but getting our leaders to step in and support him seems unlikely, write Fergal Davis and Nicola McGarrity.

The effectiveness of efforts by military and civilian agencies to cultivate the rule of law in Afghanistan is the focus of an international symposium at the UNSW next week.

One of the world's leading counter-insurgency experts, Dr David Kilcullen, will speak at UNSW next week (Thursday, 3 September).

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UK-based al-Qa'ida expert Abdel Bari Atwan - the last western journalist to interview Osama bin Laden - will give a public lecture at UNSW on Monday 17 September.

Since 11 September 2001 the Australian government has created 44 new laws as a key component of its efforts to combat terrorism. A major international symposium, to be held at UNSW, will look at the challenges protection from the threat of terrorism presents to the rule of law.