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Calgary law professor's paper examines security service's new powers

Friday, May 05, 2017 @ 10:22 AM | By John Chunn

University of Calgary law professor Michael Nesbitt has published an article in the Canadian Human Rights Yearbook examining s. 12.1 of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act (Bill C-51).

Nesbitt's paper, "CSIS's New Disruptive Powers, Grey Holes, & the Rule of Law in Canada," looks at the transition of CSIS from its traditional role as an information collection and analysis agency to one that is empowered to exercise disruptive powers against potential terrorist threats.

His research was also quoted favourably on several occasions by the House Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, which is both a review of Bill C-51 and Canada's national security laws and practices.

The report, "Protecting Canadians and their Rights: A New Road Map for Canada's National Security," presents recommendations for national security reform, including some consistent with Nesbitt's testimony to the committee in October 2016.