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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Latest Book: Available from Irwin Law in April 2018.

Tuesday
Jun282016

10 Minute Primers: An Enigma Wrapped in a Secret, Governed by Uncertain Law: CSE and metadata

Over the last several years and certainly since the Snowden revelations, there has been considerable discussion and controversy over the interception amd acquisition by Canada’s signals intelligence agency, the Communications Security Establishment, of metadata.  In this 10 minute primer, I do my best to lay out the basics on the legal and policy framework of this interception and collection, as well as discussing controversies and reform possibilities.

 

10 Minute Primer: An Enigma Wrapped in a Secret, Governed by Uncertain Law: CSE and metadata from Craig Forcese on Vimeo.

Tuesday
Jun282016

10 Minute Primers: Detailed Overview of Proposed National Security & Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (Mandate and Challenges)

This is the second, brief explainer video on national security accountability review in Canada.  The first provided a general overview of the concept, and its structure in Canada. In this video, I focus more specifically on the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians proposed in Bill C-22 (as it exists after first reading in the House of Commons).  In the video, I raise concerns about the present limits on the Committee of Parliamentarians, and caution that while it is a marked improvement on the status quo and will make important contributions to "efficacy" review, I doubt it will be a robust review of the propriety of agency activities.  I spell out why that is, with a focus on the committee's access to information.

10 Minute Primer: Assessment of National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Functions from Craig Forcese on Vimeo.

Thursday
Jun232016

10 Minute Primers: Review and Accountability in Canadian National Security

I have posted a new 10 minute (ok 12 minute) primer on review (which is often called "oversight") of national security and intelligence agencies in Canada, in the context of the new bill C-22 (creating a National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians).  I have tried to do four things: 1. identify the justification for review; 2. identify our present challenges; 3. discuss the implications of bill C-22; 4. identify remaining gaps.  The paper co-authored with Kent Roach referred to at the end of the video is here.

 

Nutshell Primer: National Security Accountability Review in Canada from Craig Forcese on Vimeo.