On the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorists attacks, the stakes remain high for national security.
Donohue re-calculates the cost of counterterrorist law to the United States and United Kingdom.
She warns that the proliferation of biological and nuclear materials, together with extremists willing to sacrifice themselves, may drive each country to take increasingly drastic measures.
And the dominant "Security or Freedom" framework for evaluating counterterrorist law fails to capture an important characteristic: increased executive power that shifts the balance between branches of government- The Commonwealth Club of California
Laura K. Donohue
Laura Donohue is a fellow at CISAC and at Stanford Law School's Center for Constitutional Law. During 2008-09, she will clerk for Judge John T. Noonan, Senior Judge in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. At Stanford, Donohue's research focuses on national security and counterterrorist law in the United States, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Israel, and the Republic of Turkey.
Prior to Stanford, Donohue was a fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she served on the Executive Session for Domestic Preparedness and the International Security Program. In 2001 the Carnegie Corporation named her to its Scholars Program, funding the project, "Security and Freedom in the Face of Terrorism." At Stanford, Donohue directed a project for the United States Departments of Justice and State and, later, Homeland Security, on mass-casualty terrorist incidents. She has written numerous articles on counterterrorism in liberal, democratic states.
In 2008, Cambridge University Press published The Cost of Counterterrorism: Power, Politics, and Liberty, in which Donohue analyzed the impact of British and American counterterrorist law on life, liberty, property, privacy, and free speech. She also wrote Counter-terrorist Law and Emergency Powers in the United Kingdom 1922-2000.
Donohue obtained her AB (with honors, in philosophy) from Dartmouth College, her MA (with distinction, in war and peace studies) from University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and her PhD in history from the University of Cambridge. She received her JD (with distinction) from Stanford Law School.