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.
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.
Introduction Richard Ashby Wilson; 1. Order, rights, and threats: terrorism and global justice Michael Freeman; 2. Liberal security Fernando Teson; 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.