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Learning from Recent Terrorist Attacks

A conference to learn from the recent terrorist attacks to build a more secure society.

There has been a significant increase in the risk of terrorist attacks in recent years in several countries. Australia is no exception: from the Lindt Café siege to the recently thwarted plans for attacking planes in Sydney, the country has experienced its share of terrorist incidents, and the threat remains real. This conference, organised by Deakin Law School, will bring together domestic and international experts to discuss the ways in which Australia has responded to terrorism and lessons to be learned from comparisons with responses to attacks in other countries. It will also examine institutional and legal reforms that may be necessary to enhance our ability to prevent and respond to future attacks.

Featured Speaker

Michele McPhee

Michele McPhee is a best selling true crime author; three-time Emmy-nominated television investigative producer in Boston for ABC News Brian Ross Investigative Unit; award-winning columnist; magazine contributor.
Michele has spent more than three years investigating the Boston Marathon attacks and that work is contained in her new book Maximum Harm, the Tsarnaev Brothers, the FBI, and the Road to the Marathon Bombing.
She has also written five other true crime titles: A Professor's Rage; A Date With Death; Heartless – The True Story of Neil Entwistle and the Brutal Murder of His Wife and Baby; When Evil Rules; and A Mob Story. 


Other speakers include:

  • Prof James Forest, University of Massachusetts
  • Dr Levi West
  • Dr Ali Khadem
  • Maria Panos, Henry Davis York
  • Michael Sullivan, Henry Davis York
  • David Sterman, New America Foundation
  • Eric Rosand, Director – The Prevention Project: Organizing Against Violent Extremism
  • Brian Nussbaum, Assistant Professor, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University of Albany, New York
  • Dr Lindsey Bell, Royal Holloway University of London
  • Dr Anna Marie Brennan, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Shiri Krebs, Senior Lecturer, Deakin Law School
  • Rebecca Zimmerman, Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation
  • Zoe Marchment, UCL
  • Prof Martin Innes, Cardiff University

Post-Conference Networking
Attendees are welcome to attend the networking event which will be held at the conclusion of the conference. Light refreshments will be available.

Who Should Attend
Counter-terror experts, agency staff, legal practitioners, academics, and students. This is a FREE CPD event, however, registration is essential.

For inquiries relating to the conference content, please contact the conference chair.

Conference chair

Name: Professor Sandeep Gopalan 

Phone: 03 9251 7707

Email: sandeep.gopalan@deakin.edu.au