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Factors That Determine a Religious Cause in an Act of Terrorism

Lowe, D (2013) Factors That Determine a Religious Cause in an Act of Terrorism. In: IPES Annual Conference, 5th-8th August 2013, Budapest. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Using case reports and academic commentary, this article examines what factors are required to prove a terrorist act is carried out for the purpose of advancing a religious cause. Focusing mainly on the UK’s Terrorism Act 2000 and Canada’s Criminal Code, this article assesses why a religious cause has been added to the legal definition of actions that amount to an act of terrorism. Following on from this, the article examines how the courts have determined what evidence is required to prove a religious cause. The examination concludes in revealing that in their decisions the courts have made it clear that merely possessing or promoting religious ideology is insufficient. For the prosecution to prove the promotion of advancing a religious cause in relation terrorist activity it has be shown that a defendant’s actions must go beyond merely passive behaviour and that in terrorist actions, be they preparatory or committed under a religious cause must have a significant impact of encouraging individuals to a terrorist cause and it must be related to the use of violence or armed conflict carried out in the name of a religious cause.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: School of Law
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2015 10:47
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2015 12:53
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/473

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