About this Project

This blog comments on Canadian (and occasionally comparative) national security law to update my National Security Law textbook and now also my 2015 book, False Security: The Radicalization of Anti-terrorism, co-authored with Kent Roach.

Please also see www.antiterrorlaw.ca for Bill C-51-related analyses by Craig Forcese and Kent Roach.

For narrated lectures on various topics in national security law, please visit my 2017 "national security nutshell" series, available through iTunes.


For a continuing conversation on Canadian national security law and policy, please join Stephanie Carvin and me at A Podcast Called INTREPID.


Please also visit my archive of "secret law" in the security area.

By Craig Forcese

Full Professor
Faculty of Law

Email: cforcese[at]uottawa.ca

Twitter: @cforcese


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A Podcast Called INTREPID

Readers will note that this space has been quiet this Fall. In part, that is because of the final post-peer review edits to my new book, Destroying the Caroline: The Frontier Raid that Reshaped the Right to War. The book should be available for purchase by year's end, from Irwin Law books. I shall blog about it further later, but I found this project among the most intellectually satisfying of my career. It is a real yarn: how a forgotten clash on the Niagara frontier has reshaped the international law of self-defence, which in turn has changed how states justify use of force in international relations. And there is considerable misunderstanding about exactly what happened during that 1837 raid, and the circumstances in which it occurred.

But the other new dedevelopment is the podcast series that Stephanie Carvin and I have been producing: "A Podcast Called INTREPID". As our description explains, here we "discuss and debate issues in Canadian national security law and policy, sometimes ripped from the headlines, and in other instances, just because they seem interesting." We are about to record this week our 10th episode and figure this is now a going concern. So we have a website as well: https://www.intrepidpodcast.com/. And subscribers can join via iTunes and Google Play. We have had a double mandate so far: a steady march through the details of bill C-59 and also our efforts to respond to developments in national security law and policy as they arise in the news. If you enjoy this podcast, we'd be very grateful for your reviews. It is worth keeping up if people are getting something out of it.

As for this blog, expect it to start filling as I begin to march through updating National Security Law: Canadian Practice in International Perspective for a long-overdue second edition.

Thanks for your continuing interest.