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Changing the rules of the game : some necessary legal reforms to United Kingdom intelligence.

Leigh, I. (2009) 'Changing the rules of the game : some necessary legal reforms to United Kingdom intelligence.', Review of international studies., 35 (4). pp. 943-955.


This article argues that there is a need to modernise the law governing accountability of the UK security and intelligence agencies following changes in their work in the last decade. Since 9/11 the agencies have come increasingly into the spotlight, especially because of the adoption of controversial counter-terrorism policies by the government (in particular forms of executive detention) and by its international partners, notably the US. The article discusses the options for reform in three specific areas: the use in legal proceedings of evidence obtained by interception of communications; with regard to the increased importance and scle of collaboration with overseas agencies; and to safeguard the political independence of the agencies in the light of their substantially higher public profile. In each it is argued that protection of human rights and the need for public accountability requires a new balance to be struck with the imperatives of national security.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Intelligence reform.
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Publisher statement:© British International Studies Association 2009 This paper has been published by Cambridge University Press in "Review of international studies" (35: 4 (2009) 943-955)
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Date deposited:07 September 2011
Date of first online publication:October 2009
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