This article is concerned with the ways in which we might understand the relationship between two obligations of the state: retributive justice and security. It develops this analysis in the context of terrorism law in the UK, focusing both on control orders and on the range of criminal offenses that are available for the prosecution, conviction, and punishment of suspected terrorists. The ambition of the article is to outline a normative framework that might be useful in evaluating these different responses, as well as providing critique of particular provisions and policies.

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