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Publications - Maureen Duffy


  • Doctoral Dissertation: Turning the Kaleidoscope: Fractured Narratives and Altered Presumption in Anti-Terrorism Detention Practices (published online). Supervisor: Professor René Provost.
  • Master’s Dissertation: The U.S. Immigration Detentions in the War on Terror: Impact on the Rule of Law (published online, Dean’s Honours awarded). Supervisor: The Honourable Judge (then Professor) Patrick Healy.

BOOK (Monograph)

  • Detention of Terrorism Suspects: Political Discourse and Fragmented Practices, forthcoming, Hart Publishing, an Imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing.


  • Maureen T. Duffy, “Discourse of the ‘Other’ as a Foundational and Continuing Element of Legal Norms in Anti-Terrorism Measures,” in Gonerko-Frej A., Sokol M., eds, Ideological Battlegrounds – Constructions of Us and Them before and after 9/11. Volume 2: Perspectives in Language (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming 2016).


  • Maureen T. Duffy, “Opening the Door a Crack: Possible Domestic Liability for North American Multinational Corporations for Human-Rights Violations by Subsidiaries Overseas?” 66:1 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 1-22 (Spring 2015).
  • Maureen T. Duffy, “The Slow Creep of Complacency”: Ongoing Challenges for Democracies Seeking to Detain Terrorism Suspects, Pace Int’l L. Rev. Online (Aug. 2010), at 42 (online)
  • Amicus Curiae Brief on Joint Criminal Enterprise in the Matter of the Co-Prosecutors’ Appeal of the Closing Order Against Kaing Guek Eav “Duch” Dated 8 August 2008,” 20 Crim. L. Forum 331 (Spring 2009)(publication of an Amicus Curiae Brief filed, by invitation, before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, Case File No: 001/18-07-2007-ECCC/OCIJ (PTC 02))(prepared by René Provost, Payam Akhavan, Frédéric Mégret, Maureen T. Duffy, Carlos Iván Fuentes, Amar Khoday, Melissa Martins Casagrande, Malcolm Dort, Jake Hirsch-Allen, Sophie Tremblay, and Sébastien Jodoin)(after publication of the brief on the ECCC website, the editors of the Criminal Law Forum sought permission to publish it in their journal).
  •  Maureen T. Duffy and René Provost, “Constitutional Canaries and the Elusive Quest to Legitimize Security Detentions in Canada,” 40  Case W. Res. J. Int’l. L. 531 (2009).
  •  Maureen T. Duffy, “Note: Jacobson v. United States: Do the Ends Justify the Means in Government Stings?” 24 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 77 (1992)(quoted with approval by a dissenting judge on the Supreme Court of Wyoming, in Rivera v. State, 1993 WY 3, 846 P.2d 1 (1993) (Urbigkit, JJ., dissenting)).


  • Maureen Duffy, “Inspired by the Past, We Shape the Future,” (10 July 2015), ABlawg (Faculty Blog of the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law) (online)
  • Maureen Duffy, “A ‘Convicted Terrorist’ By Any Other Name,” (13 May 2015), ABlawg (Faculty Blog of the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law) (online)
  • Maureen Duffy, “Remembering Professor George Anastaplo,” (21 Feb 2014), ABlawg (Faculty Blog of the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law) (online
  •  Maureen Duffy, “A Provincial Proposal That Affects All Canadians,” (19 Sep 2013), ABlawg (Faculty Blog of the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law) (online)
  •  "The Nightmare of Terror-Related Blacklisting", Maureen T. Duffy, Jurist, Volume Feb 16, 2012, 2012 February, By invitation, asked to comment on a development regarding a Canadian, and relevant to U.S. and international law. Spring 2012.
  •  Maureen Duffy, “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: An Unjust Ending to an Unjust Process for Omar Khadr,” (27 Oct. 2010), ABlawg (Faculty Blog of the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law) (online
  •  Maureen Duffy, “A Stay in the Khadr Litigation,” (30 July 2010), ABlawg (Faculty Blog of the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law) (online
  •  Maureen Duffy, “The Third Time Is the Charm? The Ongoing Litigation Regarding Omar Khadr,” (22 July 2010), ABlawg (Faculty Blog of the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law) (online
  •  Maureen T. Duffy, “Justice Delayed As Justice Denied: The Ongoing Plight of the Algerian Group,” published by invitation in Pulse of Democracy (17 Feb. 2009), online: <> (original article in English, also available in Bosnian).
  •  René Provost and Maureen Duffy, “Constitutional Canaries: The Wrong Way to Fight Terrorism,” op-ed (Mar. 6, 2008), The Globe and Mail.
  •  Maureen T. Duffy: “Teaching the Teachers,” (2009) In Focus, McGill University Faculty of Law, promotional piece written at the request of the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Law, published in the Faculty magazine and on the website.
  •  Strategized and wrote all articles for the first two editions of the McGill University Student Awards Newsletter (2006-2007) McGill University, Development and Alumni Relations. The newsletter received a positive response and is now a regular publication.


  • “Throw Them Out or Make Them Stay: Who Is the Terrorist Other?” presented at the conference: “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Security in the Changing World,” Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, June 2015.
  • “Should They Stay or Should They Go? Conflicts in Approaches to Suspected Terrorists Arising from Citizenship Stripping/Deportation versus UN Security Council Resolution 2178,” Law and Society Association annual meeting, Seattle, Washington, May 2015.

  • “‘Administrative’ Detention as a Means of Side-Stepping Constitutional Fair-Trial Protections,” Conference of the International Society of Public Law, theme “Rethinking the Boundaries of Public Law and Public Space,” Florence, Italy, June 2014.
  •  Author Meets Reader (by invitation), relating to themes surrounding 9/11, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2014. Authors/books include Joseph Margulies, What Changed When Everything Changed (Yale 2013), Jinee Lokaneeta, Transnational Torture: Law, Violence, and State Power in the US and India (New York University Press 2011), and Lisa Hajjar, Torture: A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights (Routledge, 2012).
  •  “Free Expression Versus the Proposed ‘Charter of Values’ in Quebec,” Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, May 2014.
  •  Turning the Kaleidoscope: Fractured Narratives and Altered Presumptions in Anti-Terrorism Detention Practices as a member of the panel: “National Security Law in the Age of Obama: Continuity and Change," The Law and Society Association annual meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, June 2013.
  •  “Information Technology and the Interception of Communications: Troubling Trends Regarding Privacy in the U.S. and Canada,” Joint presentation with Professor Greg Hagen, Paper Accepted for a workshop after a competitive peer-reviewed submission process, “States of Surveillance: Counter-Terrorism and Comparative Constitutionalism,” International Association of Constitutional Law Research Group on Constitutional Responses to Terrorism, Sydney, Australia, December 2012.
  •  Faculty Seminar: “An Ounce of Prevention: A Study of Proposed Preventive Detention in Canada", Maureen T. Duffy, Colin Poon, Research Assistant, Faculty Seminar Series, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary, University of Calgary Faculty of Law, February 2012.
  •  EURAC Roundtable on Multiculturalism, University of Calgary Faculty of Law, Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre, Fall 2011.
  •  Closing Borders and Fear of the Other,” Inter-disciplinary Conference, “Who is ´us` and who is ´them´ after 9/11 – Reflections on Language, Culture and Literature in Times of Ideological Clashes,” Szczecin University, Szczecin, Poland, September 21-23, 2011.
  •  “Marginalizing the ‘Other’ in Terrorism Detentions: The Debate over Institutionalized Preventive Detention,” Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, San Francisco, California, United States, June 2011.
  •  “Polarizing Language and the Model of the “Other” to Fuel Hate and Perpetuate Terrorism,” Paper presented at the Inter-disciplinary International Conference on Hate Studies, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, United States, April 7, 2011.
  •  Workshop presentation, by invitation, on Canada’s Compliance with the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, Conference of the Canadian Council for Refugees, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, November 2010.
  •  “‘The Slow Creep of Complacency’: Ongoing Challenges for Liberal Democracies Seeking to Detain Terrorism Suspects,” Symposium: “Comparative Constitutional Law: National Security Across the Globe,” Pace University, White Plains, NY, U.S.A., November 13, 2009.
  •   “Childhood Lost: Building a Better Future for Captured Child Combatants,” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, New Voices In Human Rights Panel, San Diego, California, U.S.A., January 6-10, 2009.