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June 9, 2015

Deakin Criminologists at Law and Society Association annual meeting

Darren Palmer

Associate Prof Darren Palmer

On 30-31 May 2015, Associate Professor Darren Palmer and Dr Ian Warren presented the following two papers at the Law and Society Association annual meeting in Seattle, Washington.

The first paper, presented at the session Policing Boundaries and Borders, extended Darren and Ian’s work on the Kim Dotcom case. ‘Extraterritorial Criminal Law and Policing’ examined  how evidence in one jurisdiction can still be declared admissible in another seeking to prosecute a foreign national, even where it is legally acknowledged that police have collected or transferred the evidence unlawfully. This paper questions the ethics of these practices, given many forms of transnational police cooperation remain concealed from public knowledge and judicial scrutiny.

Dr Ian Warren

Dr Ian Warren

In a dedicated session on Surveillance and Law convened by Professor Randy Lippert from the University of Windsor, the paper titled ‘Mass Online Surveillance and Domestic Security in an Era of Transnational Terror Networks’ documented recent Australian reforms prohibiting foreign fighting and allowing police expanded access to a mobile phone and internet ‘metadata’ as a key response to the involvement of Australian nationals in the Syrian conflict. This paper develops a theoretical framework for analysing the impact of these reforms in limiting home-grown terrorism, while critically examining the impact of these expanded police powers  on the rights of all Australian citizens.

Both of these papers are currently being prepared for publication.

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