Counter-terrorism, Radicalisation and the University

Counter-terrorism, Radicalisation and the University
Date and Time
15th Jan 2016 16:00 15th Jan 2016 19:00
University of Edinburgh

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on universities to have 'due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. This public seminar will consider what this means for academic staff and students. The new duty - part of the PREVENT component of the UK government's CONTEST counter-terrorism strategy - has raised fears about the creeping ’securitisation’ of higher education and the creation of a culture of self-censorship and mistrust. It may have particular implications in sensitive areas such as the study of counter-terrorism itself, or in the critical discussion of concepts such as ‘democracy’ and ‘liberty’. However, the meaning of the new duty is far from clear or settled, and most universities are still developing their policies and staff guidance. This seminar will discuss the implications of the PREVENT duty and its wider legal, political, historical and social context.

Speakers: Gavin Douglas (Deputy Secretary, Student Experience, University of Edinburgh), Richard Jones (School of Law, University of   Edinburgh), Genevieve Lennon (Law School, University of Strathclyde), Urte Macikene (EUSA Vice President Services), and Andrew Neal (Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh).  Chair: Akwugo Emejulu, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

Co-sponsored by the Global Justice Academy, event blog post: