Homeland security

Authored by: Amos Guiora , Genevieve Lennon , Clive Walker

Routledge Handbook of Law and Terrorism

Print publication date:  July  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415870375
eBook ISBN: 9780203795835
Adobe ISBN: 9781134455096


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Homeland security is the most Promethean of counter-terrorist strategies, covering a vast – some would say excessive – range of sectors and risks. Everybody is subjected on a frequent basis to collective measures of protection against terrorism. Yet, there is no agreed definition of ‘homeland security’, and the area is much less often considered by academics, policy-makers, and the courts than the pursuit of terrorism through executive measures, policing powers, and criminal prosecution, with measures often left to operate in, if not the dark, then at least the dusk. This chapter will firstly consider what homeland security means, before analysing the relevant structures and actors in the US and UK. The means of delivering effective and accountable homeland security will then be presented before the challenges facing the sector are detailed.

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