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Putting the State on Trial
The Policing of Protest during the G20 Summit
Margaret E. Beare   Nathalie Des Rosiers   Abigail C. Deshman  

$95.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 4/3/2015
ISBN: 9780774828291    

$32.95 Paperback
Release Date: 6/26/2015
ISBN: 9780774828307    

396 Pages

Law and Society series


About the Book

Canada is often lauded as a model democracy that values the constitutional rights of its citizens. So when over a thousand people -- most of whom were peaceful protesters or hapless bystanders -- were violently arrested and then detained without charge during the G20 Summit in Toronto in 2010, many Canadians felt shock and outrage.

Putting the State on Trial: The Policing of Protest during the G20 Summit examines the political, social, and economic conditions that "allowed" the policing of the G20 Summit to culminate in human and civil rights violations. Written by a multi-disciplinary group of scholars and legal practitioners, this book contextualizes events before, during, and after the summit from a range of perspectives.

Although the G20 protests serve as a point of departure in every chapter, the contributing authors engage with larger questions about the control of dissent and the exercise of freedom of expression, the right to peaceful assembly and association, the impact of the securitization and internationalization of Canadian politics, the implications of legal uncertainty, and the accountability vacuum. Importantly, it asks what needs to be done to ensure the civil liberties of Canadians are safeguarded in the future.

About the Author(s)

Margaret E. Beare is Professor of Sociology and Law at York University and Osgoode Hall Law School.

Nathalie Des Rosiers is Dean of the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa.

Abigail C. Deshman is Director of the Public Safety Program with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

Contributors: Ronald Atkey, Paul Burstein, Andrew Clement, Meaghan Daniel, Nathalie Des Rosiers, Abby Deshman, Bernard Duhaime, Julian Falconer, Veronica Kitchen, Nick Lamb, Kate Milberry, Howard Morton, Leo Panitch, Jacinthe Poisson, George S. Rigakos, Kent Roach, Kimberly Rygiel, Liora Salter, James Stribopoulos, Ian Urquhart, Lesley Wood.

Table of Contents

Foreword / Ronald G. Atkey

Introduction / Margaret E. Beare and Nathalie Des Rosiers

Part 1: The Context of the G20 Summit: How Predictable Was the Protestís Outcome?

1 States, Protest, and Global Capitalism: Putting the G20 in Perspective / Leo Panitch

2 Reorganizing Repression: Policing Protest, 1995-2012 / Lesley Wood

3 Post-9/11 Policing of Protests: Symbolic but Illusory Law Reform and Real Accountability Gaps / Kent Roach

4 Anatomy of a Breach of the Peace: The CCLA and the G20 Summit / Abby Deshman and Nathalie Des Rosiers

5 The Rule of Law on Trial: Police Powers, Public Protest, and the G20 / James Stribopoulos

Part 2: Policing the Event: The Role of Law, the Failures of Law, and Civil Society

6 Policing as Spectacle and the Politics of Surveillance at the Toronto G20 / Kate Milberry and Andrew Clement

7 Integrated Security Networks: Less, Not More, Accountability / Veronica Kitchen and Kimberly Rygiel

8 Investigative Detention and Street Checks / Howard F. Morton

9 International Law and the Silencing of Social Protest / Bernard Duhaime and Jacinthe Poisson

10 Pacification through "Intelligence" during the Toronto G20 / Nicholas Lamb and George S. Rigakos

Part 3: After the Event: The Continuing Impact -- Accountability Issues and Lessons to be Learned

11 Jury Nullification in Canadian Political Protest Trials: Turning Loose the "12 Angry Men" / Paul Burstein

12 Mass Arrest/Mass Epiphany: G20 Policing and the Canadian Wakeup / Julian Falconer and Meaghan Daniel

13 Perceptions of a Protest: Through the Eyes of the Newspapers / Ian Urquhart

14 Making the Best of Bad Choices: Inquiry versus Investigations in the G20 Case / Liora Salter and Colleen Matthews

Conclusion: The Future of Protests in Canada / Nathalie Des Rosiers

List of Contributors


"State violence against peaceful protest at the 2010 G20 summit in Toronto is finally brought to account in this compelling collection. Contributors expertly dissect policing excesses and point to the failure of official channels of accountability. They also provide an important warning to Canadians about the looming threat to the rule of law and liberal democracy posed by the securitization of dissent in the era of globalization."
--Reg Whitaker, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, York University, and co-author of Secret Service: Political Policing in Canada from the Fenians to Fortress America

"The essays in this volume make an excellent contribution to a subject of vital public interest. The authors are well qualified to speak on topics that will be of increasing importance in an age that requires a proper balance between democracy and security."
--Hon. R. Roy McMurtry, OC, O.Ont, QC

"We live in a world of global risks, where global governance is often shaped locally. Filled with empirically grounded insights, Putting the State on Trial brings sharply into focus critical features of this contemporary reality, wrought through a tinder box of protection and protest during the G20 summit."
--Clifford Shearing is a professor in the Global Risk Governance Programme, University of Cape Town, and co-author of The Shifting Boundaries of Policing: Globalisation and Its Possibilities

"Federal government arrangements for major international conferences invariably fail to ensure either protection of ordinary freedoms or security for members of the public: Vancouver's APEC conference; Quebec City's Summit of the Americas; and, most spectacularly, Toronto's disastrous G20 summit. This important volume brings much-needed attention to issues that should be ignored no longer."
--W. Wesley Pue, Professor of Law, University of British Columbia, and editor of Pepper in Our Eyes: The APEC Affair

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