Dr. Jeffrey Monaghan, Assistant Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice, has been granted an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The federally funded grants support research in its early stages, enabling “the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas.”

Pre-crime and the changing domains of anti-terrorism practices in Canada

Before the 2001 Anti-terrorism Act (ATA) was introduced in Section 83 of the Criminal Code, terrorism in Canada was addressed through more traditional common law approaches dealing with issues of violence or criminal conspiracies. A key dynamic within the 45 cases under Section 83 (from 2001 to 2015) is that the vast majority pertain to activities that were aspirational or, in other words, pre-incidents.

Now that the policing of terrorism in Canada is animated by a logic of pre-emption, the practices of pre-crime have significant impacts on the traditional post-crime procedural standards of criminal justice agencies.

This timely and unique project will provide several training opportunities to graduate students, as well as make numerous substantive contributions to multidisciplinary scholarship that intersects literatures on security governance, socio-legal studies, and human rights.

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