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Human Rights in the 'War on Terror'

Human Rights in the 'War on Terror'


Richard Ashby Wilson, Michael Freeman, Fernando Tesón, Thomas Cushman, John Wallach, Aryeh Neier, Kenneth Roth, Richard Goldstone, Geoffrey Robertson, Carol J. Greenhouse, Neil Hicks, Richard Falk, David Luban, Peter Galison, Martha Minow, Wiktor Osiatynski, Mary Robinson, Julie Mertus
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  • Date Published: December 2005
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from June 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521853194

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  • This book asks whether human rights, since the 9/11 attacks and the 'war on terror,' are a luxury we can no longer afford, or rights that must always remain a fundamental part of democratic politics, in order to determine the boundary between individual freedom and government tyranny. This volume brings together leading international lawyers, policy-makers, scholars and activists in the field of human rights to evaluate the impact of the 'war on terror' on human rights, as well as to develop a counter-terror strategy which takes human rights seriously. While some contributors argue that war is necessary in defense of liberal democracy, others assert that it is time to move away from the war model towards a new paradigm based upon respect for human rights, an internationally-coordinated anti-terror justice strategy, and a long-term political vision that can reduce the global tensions that generate a political constituency for terrorists.

    • Offers a unique human rights perspective on the 'War on Terror,' arguing that the 9/11 attacks were crimes against humanity rather than acts of war
    • Brings together lawyers, policy-makers, scholars, and human rights activists to examine this topical issue in international affairs
    • The list of contributors includes former Irish President Mary Robinson, Human Rights Watch President Kenneth Roth and ICTY Prosecutor Richard Goldstone
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    'This volume makes a convincing case that it is not only possible but necessary to reconnect rights and security. … Human Rights in the 'War on Terror' is an exceptionally useful and inspirational consideration of how countries under attack from terrorists might meet these assaults without betraying the fundamental values that make our liberal democracies worth fighting for in the first place.' Democratiya

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521853194
    • length: 366 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 154 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 10 tables
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from June 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Richard Ashby Wilson
    1. Order, rights, and threats: terrorism and global justice Michael Freeman
    2. Liberal security Fernando Tesón
    3. The human rights case for the war in Iraq: a consequentialist view Thomas Cushman
    4. Human rights as an ethics of power John Wallach
    5. How not to promote democracy and human rights Aryeh Neier
    6. War in Iraq: not a humanitarian intervention Kenneth Roth
    7. The tension between combating terrorism and protecting civil liberties Richard Goldstone
    8. Fair trials for terrorists? Geoffrey Robertson
    9. Nationalizing the lcoal: comparative notes on the recent restructuring of political space Carol J. Greenhouse
    10. The impact of counter terror on the promotion and protection of human rights: a global perspective Neil Hicks
    11. Human rights: a descending spiral Richard Falk
    12. Eight fallacies about liberty and security David Luban
    13. Our privacy, ourselves in the age of technological intrusions Peter Galison and Martha Minow
    14. Are human rights universal in the age of terrorism? Wiktor Osiatynski
    15. Connecting human rights, human development and human security Mary Robinson
    16. Human rights and civil society in a new age of American exceptionalism Julie Mertus.

  • Editor

    Richard Ashby Wilson, University of Connecticut
    Richard A. Wilson is the Director of the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut. He obtained his BSc. and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of numerous works on political violence and social movements in Guatemala and he has done research on questions of memory, truth and justice and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He is Associate Editor of the journal Anthropological Theory and serves on the editorial board of Critique of Anthropology, Social Justice, and the Journal of Human Rights.


    Richard Ashby Wilson, Michael Freeman, Fernando Tesón, Thomas Cushman, John Wallach, Aryeh Neier, Kenneth Roth, Richard Goldstone, Geoffrey Robertson, Carol J. Greenhouse, Neil Hicks, Richard Falk, David Luban, Peter Galison, Martha Minow, Wiktor Osiatynski, Mary Robinson, Julie Mertus

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