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Elies van Sliedregt wordt NIAS Fellow

2 september 2010

Elies van Sliedregt wordt Fellow aan het NIAS (Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences) van de KNAW vanaf 1 april 2011. Onderwerp van onderzoek is: "the spillover effect of terrorism trials".

The spillover effect of terrorism trials

Since 9/11 one can detect a spillover effect of anti-terrorism legislation affecting ‘ordinary’ criminal law. Terrorism charges are ‘abused’ by investigative and prosecutorial entities for purposes other than those for which they were developed. In New York organized or gang-crime is prosecuted as terrorism to ensure conviction with a higher sentence.

In the Netherlands suspects are charged with terrorism to enable pre-trial detention which would otherwise not be possible. Another type of spillover effect concerns the impact of (high profile) terrorism trials on legislative processes. Terrorism trials that have lead to acquittals (Rotterdam / AIVD case) or findings of unconstitutionality (certain Guantánamo Bay cases) have shown to heavily influence parliamentary/congressional debate, leading to more and more severe anti-terrorism legislation. Especially the latter effect may be regarded as illustrative for the ‘performative power’ of terrorism trials. The aim of this research project is to map and analyse the spillover effect of anti-terrorism legislation and trials in the post 9/11era.



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