Perspectives on Australian and UK Counter Terrorism Law and Policy: Building Systemic Integrity in the Face of Current and Emerging Threats


UNSW Canberra at ADFA
Northcott Drive, Campbell, ACT

8.30am to 4.00pm

The nature of current and emerging terrorism threats faced by Australia and the United Kingdom are as complicated and diverse as at any time in recent history. A dynamic cycle of ‘incident - response – adversary adaptation – new challenge’ now routinely overlays the day-to-day work of parliaments, governments, and counter-terrorism intelligence, disruption, enforcement, and legislative development agencies. This interlinked web of threats, challenges and responses – foreign fighters and cyber enabling of terrorist groups; information sharing and the maintenance of human rights protections; preventive detention and deradicalization – have greatly exacerbated both the complexity of, and public attention to, intelligence and counter-terrorism systemic capabilities, legislation, oversight and integrity.

The Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society presents this two-day conference, which will examine these challenges from Australian and UK perspectives, with an emphasis on a select set of landmark thematic issues which serve to illuminate both shared and diverging responses. To this end, whilst some high-level sessions will be joint, the conference will also involve two parallel streams of presentation and discussion: Enforcement and Response; and Legislation and Rights.

This conference will be of significant value to practitioners, policy advisers, academics, and others who are interested in the shared and divergent approaches of Australia and the UK to the challenge of building and maintaining counter-terrorism systemic integrity in the face of current and emerging threats.


Conference Program

The Program will be available in July 2018.


Speakers and session chairs include:

Dr James Renwick, SC, Independent National Security Legislation Monitor

Mr Max Hill, QC, United Kingdom Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation

Professor George Williams, Dean, UNSW Law

Dr Jessie Blackbourne, University of Oxford



Registrations will open on the 19th of March. Please send EOI to

Non-Defence (Industry & Academia)

Earlybird closing 1 June 2018






Earlybird closing 1 June 2018









Registration includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.  















UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.


Further Information

For further information, contact Professor Rob McLaughlin, Director ACSACS: