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By Victor V. Ramraj

most recent states flip rapidly to legislation in an emergency. the worldwide reaction to the eleven September 2001 assaults at the usa was once no exception, and the wave of legislative responses is definitely documented. but there's an ever-present risk, borne out through historic and modern occasions, that even the main well-meaning govt, armed with notable powers, will abuse them. This unavoidably ends up in one other universal tendency in an emergency, to invoke legislations not just to empower the kingdom but additionally in a bid to constrain it. Can legislations constrain the emergency kingdom or needs to the country from time to time act open air the legislation while its lifestyles is threatened? If it needs to act outdoors the legislations, is such behavior inevitably deadly to aspirations of legality? This number of essays - on the intersection of criminal, political and social conception and perform - explores law's ability to constrain kingdom strength in occasions of crisis.

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