National Security Law Blog: 2017 agenda

An entirely misleading but famous portrayal of the raid on the Caroline, by A Sandham, c.1839

I anticipate this year will be a busy one on this blog space. On the agenda are three major projects. First, I am busily working on the "Secret Law Gazette", an archive of ministerial directives, memoranda of understanding and internal policies and procedures for Canada's security services.  These are documents that have been released in fits and starts through access to information, but are very difficult to track and organize.  The Secret Law Gazette will hopefully provide a navigation tool of sorts, however imperfect.

Second, I am still on track to complete my book on the 1837 Caroline incident and its impact on the concepts of use of force and self-defence in public international law. As a spin-off of this book, I shall be creating an archive of documents related to the event and its subsequent trajectory through public international law.

Third, as we enter the post-Green Paper consultation on national security period in Canada, I am hoping things will firm-up in terms of changes to Canada's laws. For the last several years, since late 2014, the trajectory of Canada's laws has been uncertain -- making me wish my books were all like the Caroline project and focused on history. But now the time is arriving to release a second edition of National Security Law (now long in the tooth in some chapters).  My plan is to post revised chapters online throughout 2017, and crowdsource feedback, before assembling the final book for publication in 2018.