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Following the events of September 11, a new legal order is emerging in which the 'terrorist threat' has been used as justification to marginalise human rights. This collection of themed essays offers an emphatic defence to the threats confronting our human rights culture. In analysing the role of the United Nations, the conduct of the Afghan war, domestic anti-terrorist legislation and the new debate about Islamic law, Law after Ground Zero demonstrates the future challenges that law will face within our global society. It also offers accounts of how events have impacted on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Iraq and Afghanistan itself, as well as debates about international law, human rights and women's rights. This unique work will interest those studying or researching in the areas of international law, human rights and humanitarian law, international relations, politics, critical legal studies, Islamic law, culture and socio-legal studies.
John Strawson teaches Law and Middle East Studies at the School of Law, University of East London, where he is Coordinator of the Encountering Legal Cultures research group.
Introduction - In the name of the law; Law's first strike - The degradation of international law?; Postmodern just wars: Kosovo, Afghanistan and the new world order; Enduring right; The terrors of freedom: the sovereignty of states and the freedom to fear; The ground of rights - Cuba and the axis of evil; Al Qa'ida: terrorists or irregulars?; International refugee law: excluding the Palestinians; Islamic feminism, possibilities and limitations; The balancing act: counter-terrorism and civil liberties in British ant-terrorism law; Ground zero's prospects - Locating ground zero: caught between the narratives of crime and war; September 11 and American policy in the Middle East; Palestine/Israel: conflict at the crossroads; Jirga: power and traditional conflict resolution in Afghanistan; Islamic law and the English press.
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