Law in Times of Crisis: Emergency Powers in Theory and in Practice

Law in Times of Crisis: Emergency Powers in Theory and in Practice International Criminal Law Review 8 (2008) 687–689 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI 10.1163/157181208X360530 www.brill.nl/icla International Criminal Law Review Book Reviews Oren Gross, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Law in Times of Crisis: Emergency Powers in Th eory and in Practice, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2006, 516 pp. Still a teenager, Isaiah Berlin conjectured that a non-linear model of historical analysis. Resonances between diff erent periods could be explained through the metaphor of a folded sheet, whereby “if we venture to examine the points in which these folds touch one another we will often fi nd strong and real similarities between the points.” 1 In the fi rst part of Law in Times of Crisis, Oren Gross and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin examine one such concertina; tying together diff erent coun- tries and eras through their common eff orts to address emergency situations. At present there is no shortage of research into the employment of emergency powers to counter terrorist threats. Indeed, spasms of constitutional discourse reliably accompany emergencies; discourse which is often unthinkingly parroted, forgotten or in some way unfashionable when the next crisis convulses the state. Even studies assessing reactions to a number of emergencies over an extended http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Criminal Law Review Brill

Law in Times of Crisis: Emergency Powers in Theory and in Practice

International Criminal Law Review, Volume 8 (4): 687 – Jan 1, 2008

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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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International Criminal Law Review 8 (2008) 687–689 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI 10.1163/157181208X360530 www.brill.nl/icla International Criminal Law Review Book Reviews Oren Gross, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Law in Times of Crisis: Emergency Powers in Th eory and in Practice, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2006, 516 pp. Still a teenager, Isaiah Berlin conjectured that a non-linear model of historical analysis. Resonances between diff erent periods could be explained through the metaphor of a folded sheet, whereby “if we venture to examine the points in which these folds touch one another we will often fi nd strong and real similarities between the points.” 1 In the fi rst part of Law in Times of Crisis, Oren Gross and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin examine one such concertina; tying together diff erent coun- tries and eras through their common eff orts to address emergency situations. At present there is no shortage of research into the employment of emergency powers to counter terrorist threats. Indeed, spasms of constitutional discourse reliably accompany emergencies; discourse which is often unthinkingly parroted, forgotten or in some way unfashionable when the next crisis convulses the state. Even studies assessing reactions to a number of emergencies over an extended

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