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Defining the indefinable?

28 March 2007

The government's independent reviewer of terrorism laws, Lord Carlile of Berriew, will visit Cardiff University (March 29) to give a public lecture on ‘Terrorism: Defining the indefinable?’

There is no universally accepted definition of terrorism. Lord Carlile will explore the scope of terrorism in law including whether it should include religious motives or political ones exclusively; whether there should be a 'just cause' defence, and whether state terrorism should be included. He will also answer questions on terrorism-related issues.

Lord Carlile has appeared in many leading criminal cases including prosecuting Peter Moore, the "Man in Black," on charges of multiple murders and defending Elmore Davies of "Mersey Blues" on charges of serious police corruption. He also represented Paul Burrell, butler to the late Diana Princess of Wales, at his trial for theft from the Princess's estate.

Lord Carlile advises on matters relating to the process of legislation and on parliamentary standards issues. He was chair of the Carlile Review, appointed by the National Assembly for Wales to review child protection in the NHS, and was chair of the General Medical Council's committee to improve procedure in conduct cases. In 2001, he was appointed as Independent Reviewer of terrorism legislation by the Home Secretary. He frequently broadcasts on issues bordering law and politics and lectures on matters concerning counter-terrorism legislation.

The public lecture will take place at Cardiff Law School, Museum Avenue at 7:00pm.

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