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Crimes Against The State: From Treason to Terrorism
Ashgate Publishing, July 2011, Pages: 310
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.
'Here is a distinctive voice amongst the chorus of commentaries about crimes against the states. This book delivers a provocative commentary which is especially welcome for its broadly comparative approach and for venturing beyond the terrorism agenda and encompassing other more established offences with evident political impact.'
-- Clive Walker, University of Leeds, UK
'Michael Head's Crimes Against the State is a much needed historically-grounded review of state oppression. Framing the analysis in the context of upper class control of the state, Head presents statutory repression of human rights and democracy as directly linked to political power and the protection of capitalism and private property.'
-- Peter Phillips, Sonoma State University, USA
Introduction: What are ‘Crimes against the State’?
1. A Controversial History
2. T he United States: Free Speech in ‘War’ and ‘Peace’
3. Insurrection, Rebellion and Unlawful Associations
4. T reason and Mutiny
5. Espionage, Official Secrets and Sabotage
6. S edition and Politically Motivated Violence
8. Riot, Affray and Unlawful Assembly
9. Emergency Powers, Martial Law and Official Lawlessness
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 Calling out the Armed Forces: Domestic military powers, law and human rights (Ashgate, forthcoming 2009).
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