Handbook on Criminal Justice Responses to Terrorism

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Terrorism is a complex and ever-changing phenomenon. The handbook aims to provide law enforcement and criminal justice officials with an accessible guide to assist them in dealing with some of the key issues that they face in their efforts to respond to terrorist and related crimes. The publication will also be of use to policymakers and political leaders in the shaping of new or enhanced counter-terrorism laws, policies and practices. It reviews the many challenges encountered by the various components of the criminal justice system in the prevention, investigation, prosecution and detention of alleged or convicted perpetrators of terrorist crimes. It offers guidance based on international standards and generally accepted good practices.

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Criminal justice accountability and oversight mechanisms

The strength of the criminal justice response to terrorism resides in the fact that it is governed by the rule of law and remains accountable to the society in which it operates. The accountability of the system by means of the media and the political process needs to be reinforced by mechanisms that ensure the system’s transparency and are capable of addressing its weaknesses. Part three of the Handbook briefl y examines the processes that must be in place to ensure the accountability of the various components of the criminal justice system.

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