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It has been a year since ‘Prevent’, a limb of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy, was given statutory teeth under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. Prevent imposes a statutory duty on public authorities to ‘have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’.

Watch our recent debate chaired by David Anderson QC (Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation).  The debate examines whether the policy is too broad in defining extremism – whether Prevent is effective in stopping ‘radicalisation’ or does it simply alienate the very communities it hopes to engage? And are the curbs on our liberties justified?

The Panel

  • Anjum Khan (Director, Collaborative Ventures);
  • Malia Bouattia (President-elect, National Union of Students);
  • Simon Cole (National Police Chiefs’ Council lead on Prevent);
  • Miqdaad Versi (Assistant Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain)

This video was produced by UCL Faculty of Laws.

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