Freedom of speech in the post 9/11 era (2012–2015)
This project will assess the fate of freedom of speech in four liberal democracies in the post 9/11, security-enhanced world. It will audit, and then compare public debate around, speech-limiting anti-terrorism provisions in the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand and Australia. It will ask whether a new status quo for freedom of speech has been ushered in in the context of counter-terrorism strategies, and assess whether this is justified in the post 9/11 era. It will demonstrate whether this era perilously compromises a civil liberty that is key to defining Western liberal democratic orders, or epitomises a justified change that is necessary to combat terrorism.