About Craig Forcese

Associate Professor and Vice-Dean (English Program), Faculty of Law, Common Law Section

Craig Forcese

(Almost) A Good Idea: Banning Travel to Designated Conflict Zones

Excerpted from the original version published on the National Security Law blog, August 10, 2015 On the election trail yesterday, Stephen Harper proposed a criminal law ban on travel to designated zones he described as “ground zero” for terrorism. Paring away the hyperbole and the more mischievous comments I have seen tweeted about (“… Read More

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Why Can’t Canada Get National Security Law Right?

By Craig Forcese and Kent Roach Published in The Walrus, June 9, 2015 Bill C-51—also known as the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015—has now passed Parliament, and its effect on the Canadian legal landscape will be radical. To update those who have been not been following the debate, here is a synopsis of the bill’s ugliest bits: C-51 gives CSIS a new mandate to … Read More

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Is This the CSIS We Really Want? The Canadian Intelligence and Black Ops Service

Published on the National Security Law Blog, January 31, 2015 The new antiterrorism bill will change everything.  Among other things, in its sweeping changes to CSIS’s powers, it is not tinkering at the margins. It rejects insight from experience, and the wisdom of those who enacted the original CSIS Act. I will be doing very little over the next few… Read More

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Limiting Foreign Fighting by Canadians: Stop-Gap Legal Measures

Published on the National Security Law blog, December 4, 2014 I have opined here and here about the troubles associated with foreign fighting. I do not limit my concerns about these troubles to fighting with a listed terrorist group. I find persuasive the Australian view, at least as recorded by that country’s independent reviewer of anti-terroris… Read More

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Breaking: New Snowden Document Shows Something But We Don’t Know Exactly What

The headline above is the one that I think probably best captures the content of the NSA document at the heart of the recent Toronto G20/G8 spying story.  This appears to be the first in the additional trove of documents that Glen Greenwald acquired from Snowden that pertain to Canada.  Mr. Greenwald is working with the CBC on this story, and appears as a co-a… Read More

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The Politics of Anti-Terrorism

Published in the Globe and Mail, April 24, 2013 Terrorism is back on the front page of Canada’s newspapers. And all over the back pages, and in the commentary and editorial pages. Sadly, some of that attention must now be directed at the politics of anti-terrorism, and the degree to which crime becomes a political “wedge” issue. The latest victim of thi… Read More

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Fewer Eyes on the Spies: Going Backwards on Accountability

By now it has been widely reported that the Tory government will be abolishing the Office of the Inspector General of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. This astonishing development appeared suddenly from the ether, buried in the government’s now notorious omnibus budget implementation bill. The move has been justified (ex post facto)… Read More

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Armies without Borders? Legal Questions on Canada-U.S. Military Cooperation

The Ottawa Citizen reported today that Canada and the United States are in the final stages of negotiating a “new Canada-U.S. military agreement that will set down each country’s roles and responsibilities should North America be attacked”. The details are scant, but it would appear that part of the agreement will permit the milita… Read More

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The UN Security Council and Abdelrazik

Canadian Abousfian Abdelrazik is on the U.S. Security Council’s Al Qaida sanctions committee list. His assets are frozen and he is subject to an international travel ban. His case generated substantial notoriety when the Canadian government resisted his repatriation from Sudan on the basis, among other things, of his listing. It has generated even mo… Read More

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