Skip to content

Your Cart


You have 0 items in your cart.

Register Sign in Wishlist
Look Inside Human Rights-Compliant Counterterrorism

Human Rights-Compliant Counterterrorism
Myth-making and Reality in the Philippines and Indonesia


  • Publication planned for: December 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108492331

£ 80.00

Pre-order Add to wishlist

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Since 9/11, we have lived in an age of counterterrorism in which the spectre of terrorism justifies increasingly repressive and violent measures. Against this backdrop, legal scholars and human rights advocates have encouraged integration of human rights into the discourse of counterterrorism as the best way to counter such repression and violence. This book challenges that received wisdom by showing the ambiguous effects of such converged discourse on developing countries. It highlights the effect of terrorism discourse on human rights in two developing countries, viz., the Philippines and Indonesia, the efforts of local advocates in resisting abuses in the name of counterterrorism, and the persistence of violations despite legal and policy reforms in those countries. Applying a novel analytic framework drawn from critical terrorism studies and critical international law, the book provokes new thinking on the future of human rights advocacy in the age of counterterrorism.

    • Provides a new critical view of developments in human rights and counterterrorism law and policy
    • Written in a highly accessible language which 'reads at times like a thriller'
    • Offers extended multidisciplinary case studies using previously unpublished materials on two important but under-studied developing countries, the Philippines and Indonesia
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    Advance praise: 'Jayson S. Lamchek's meticulously researched and bold political intervention into human rights scholarship forces us to rethink the institutional linkages between human rights and counter-terrorism, both in discourse and in practice. Marrying critical theory and original empirical research in the Philippines and Indonesia, Human Rights-Compliant Counterterrorism adds to the expanding literature critical both of human rights and the never-ending 'War on Terror'. A must read.' Ben Golder, University of New South Wales

    Advance praise: 'Jayson S. Lamchek demonstrates compelingly the apolitically insidious nature of human rights-compliant counterterrorism. His detailed case studies of the Philippines and Indonesia show not only how the strategy justifies state violence against local activists but also how those activists present alternatives to the limited discourse of mainstream human rights.' Eduardo Capulong, Mediation Clinic, University of Montana, Alexander Blewett III School of Law

    Advance praise: 'This book a must-read for anyone interested in the fraught relationship between counterterrorism and human rights. Jayson S. Lamchek takes the reader on a fascinating tour of the complex workings of human rights and terrorism discourses in the Philippines and Indonesia. The book deftly weaves together theoretically rich analyses of state violence, law reform and social movement activism. Its implications for both scholarship and politics are wide-ranging. Lamchek makes a compelling argument for a radical overhaul of the idea of human rights-compliant counterterrorism, underscoring the need for a new approach that disentangles human rights from the never-ending 'War on Terror'.' Jeremy Farrall, Australian National University

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Publication planned for: December 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108492331
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2018
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Human rights-compliant counterterrorism: emergence and consequences
    3. Counterinsurgency and the 'War on Terror' in the Philippines
    4. Promoting human rights while rejecting counterterrorism: three Filipino campaigns
    5. The anti-extrajudicial killings campaign and the government's response: failed remedy, changed rhetoric, continuing practice
    6. Indonesian terrorism discourse from Suharto to Bali
    7. Indonesia's legalised counterterrorism and divergent domestic reactions
    8. The post-Bali legacy: Densus 88 and impunity for extrajudicial killings
    9. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Jayson S. Lamchek, National University of Singapore
    Jayson S. Lamchek has worked as an attorney for civil society organisations in the Philippines for more than seven years, including the Public Interest Law Center which supported the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. During his work at PILC, he helped campaign against the War on Terror in the Philippines, and represented individuals wrongly accused of participation in terrorism. He was a recipient of graduate scholarship awards from Monbukagakusho (Japan), Erasmus Mundus (European Commission), and the Endeavour Awards (Australia).

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.