1: Constitutional responses to terrorism

When Will The ‘War on Terror’ End? The Challenges and Limits of War as a Model for Fighting Terrorism.

More than twelve years after 9/11, and after (by the time of the Oslo Congress) the US has largely withdrawn from Afghanistan, the primary locus of its armed conflict with Al Qaeda and the Taliban, it is time to ask what the limits on a war model for fighting terrorism are and should be.

This workshop will address constitutional issues raised by the “war on terrorism” that has occupied much of the world’s attention for more than a decade.

Questions speakers might explore could include:

  • What constitutional costs arise from defining a ‘war’ against Al Qaeda or terrorism broadly?
  • When is it appropriate and/or legal to respond to a terrorist threat with armed force as opposed to criminal law enforcement?
  • Does the global character of the terrorism threat require new approaches to doctrines such as self-defense, targeted killing, preventive detention, and law enforcement itself?
  • How should international cooperation in anti-terror initiatives be treated constitutionally?

Instructions to participants

Those interested in participating should submit proposals following the general instructions given above. Although participants will be selected and asked to prepare papers, the presentations will necessarily be brief, given the limited time for the workshop (3 hours), with an emphasis on moderated discussions rather than serial presentations. All accepted papers will, however, be made part of the workshop, and distributed to all participants in advance to facilitate the exchange of ideas.

Accepted papers

Go to accepted papers for Workshop 1


Published Apr. 2, 2013 11:46 AM - Last modified June 3, 2014 8:46 AM