Preventing Terrorism in the Courtroom – The Criminalisation of Preparatory Acts of Terrorism in the Netherlands
The determining argument in this debate is the idea that we are faced with wicked problems, unknown threats and unpredictable risks that we must somehow control. Potentially catastrophic consequences demand exceptional measures here and now to control the risks and govern the future. In recent years, there has been a growing trend in Europe to criminalise preparatory acts related to terrorism. This article examines this trend in The Netherlands and analyses how it plays out in the courtroom and to what extent the preventative logic has permeated the legal sphere.
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