The Citizen and the State: Criminal Justice and Civil Liberties in Conflict

Angus Nurse
Middlesex University, UK

Product Details
14 May 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
199 pages - 152 x 229mm
The Citizen and the State conducts an essential criminological analysis of contemporary justice systems, combining critical criminology and human rights perspectives. The book contextualizes criminal justice and criminal justice processes as tools of the state that impact negatively on citizens’ lives. 

Particularly in a post 9/11 world where ‘national security’ and terrorism concerns are used as justification for the erosion of citizens’ rights, justice systems are inherently in conflict with principles of liberty and justice enshrined in human rights instruments. While acknowledging the reality of changes in law-and-order discourse, this book argues that contemporary justice systems risk lacking in legitimacy in circumstances where the necessity for interference in rights is largely asserted rather than demonstrated. 

Using a range of real-world case studies, the book conducts a critical analysis of contemporary criminal justice and examines the challenges in achieving a balance between effective criminal justice and upholding civil liberties. This book is essential reading for academics, post-graduate researchers, and social policy professionals.
Chapter 1: The Citizen and the State 
Chapter 2: The Rule of Law and Contemporary Criminal Justice 
Chapter 3: The Art of Activism 
Chapter 4: Justice for Some, Lawyers for All? Victim’s Rights and Redress  
Chapter 5: Alternative Dispute Resolution and Redress  
Chapter 6: Justice Under Stress: Scrutiny, Tribunals and Public Inquiries 
Chapter 7: Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil, Criminal Justice and Freedom of Expression  
Chapter 8: Freedom of Assembly and Protesting Against the State  
Chapter 9: Exploring Creativity and Sexuality: Freedom of Expression Expanded 
Chapter 10: Re-assessing The Citizen and the State: Perspectives on Democracy References
Angus Nurse is Associate Professor of Environmental Justice at Middlesex University School of Law where he teaches and researches Criminology and Law. Angus has research interests in criminality, critical criminal justice, animal and human rights law, anti-social behaviour and green criminology. 

Angus is also a member of the Wild Animal Welfare Committee (WAWC) and has worked in the environmental NGO field and as an Investigator for the Local Government Ombudsman. His books include Policing Wildlife (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), Animal Harm: Perspectives on Why People Harm and Kill Animals (Ashgate, 2013) and Miscarriages of Justice: Causes, Consequences and Remedies (Policy Press, 2018) co-authored with Sam Poyser and Rebecca Milne.

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