Peter A Allard School of Law

Twenty Years of a “War on Terror": Islamophobia, Race, Gender and Imperialism

The events of September 11, 2001, inaugurated a "war on terror" whose effects have been profound and wide-ranging. This workshop will explore a range of political and legal concerns on this topic: security regimes and securitization, methods of surveillance on racialized populations, the renewal of gendered forms of Islamophobia, and neo-imperial warfare in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, all of which are part of the ongoing reconfiguration of the global order.


  • Natasha Bakht, Professor and Shirley Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession, University of Ottawa: "Niqab Bans and Anti-Muslim Racism: Routes in Law"
  • Arun Kundnani, Author of The Muslims are Coming! and Independent Scholar: "Abolish National Security"
  • Sunera Thobani, Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia: "Islamophobia: The (Re)making of the International Order"
Moderated by Brenna Bhandar, Associate Professor, Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia.
Hosted by the Anti-Racism and the Law Initiative (ARLI), newly launched by Allard Law professors, with support from the Centre for Law and the Environment, Indigenous Legal Studies, and Centre for Business Law.

  • Centre for Business Law
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