Description - The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 by Clive Walker
The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 marks an important recognition of the increasingly vital agendas of risk and resilience within our society. The United Kingdom has long had legislation dealing with limited types of risk in certain situations. Most prominent and controversial has been the recent legislation about terrorism, but there have also existed other statutes to deal with problems such as; debilitating industrial strikes; power and water supply emergencies; and food chain disasters. However, more recent disturbing events, namely; the fuel strikes of 2000; the catastrophic terrorist attacks of 2001 and threat of further attack through chemical and biological weapons; the foot and mouth outbreak of 2001; and climate change with its associated risks of floods and drought; have rendered a more comprehensive approach to risk and resilience within the United Kingdom essential. This book provides a detailed exploration of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and its supporting documentation.
It describes and analyses recent changes by providing a full commentary on all parts of the Act - Part I covers the planning aspects and Part II explores the more reactive and controversial regulatory emergency powers. Part III deals with the implementation of the Act including management structures and resources and the operational and organisational concerns which the legislation is intended to address. The theoretical and legislative contexts of the Act are also examined, including its impacts on constitutional and human rights issues. The commentary provides a vital understanding of the civil protection and emergency response functions in the UK, and the appendices include the full text of the Act together with other official documentation.
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Author Biography - Clive Walker
Professor Clive Walker is Professor of Criminal Justice Studies at the School of Law, University of Leeds. He has written extensively on criminal justice, civil liberties and media issues. His books have focused upon terrorism, including (with Hogan, G.,) Political Violence and the Law in Ireland (Manchester University Press, 1989) and The Prevention of Terrorism in British Law 2/e (Manchester University Press, 1992), Blackstone's Guide to the
Anti-Terrorism Legislation (OUP, 2002), and upon miscarriages of justice, including; (with Keir Starmer), Justice in Error (Blackstone Press, London, 1993) and Miscarriages of Justice (Blackstone Press, London, 1999).
Dr Jim Broderick is Director of MSc. Programme in Emergency Planning Management and Lecturer in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management. Formerly he was a lecturer in strategic studies and U.S. foreign policy and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and a visiting lecturer in U.S. defence and security policy at the University of Birmingham.