14 December 2017Time: 2:30 - 6:30pm
Venue: Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB
The 5th QMUL Reflection Group on Terrorism and Human Rights is titled 'The Great Data Extortion Exercise: investigating the Trump Travel Bans'.
The US Government, for a third time this year on 24 September 2017, issued an order banning nationals from some countries from entering the USA. The first two bans – Executive Orders of 27 January 2017 and 6 March 2017 – focused on nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – with Iraq taken off the list in March. The first two Executive Orders have been partially stopped by various Circuit Courts (mainly the Hawaii Circuit, the 9th Circuit and the Supreme Court) and the matter has gone to the Supreme Court for a full hearing (eventually). The three travel bans have the same vocation: to require all states to provide information regarding their citizens (and those foreigners about whom they hold information) to the US authorities in return for being left off the banned list. The method used by the US Government to seek to extract from other states information which they hold on their citizens sits uneasily with constitutional and human rights obligations of those states to protect the privacy and data of their citizens (and those foreigners about whom they hold information).
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