1st Edition

Human Rights and America's War on Terror

Edited By

Satvinder S. Juss

ISBN 9780367499037
Published February 25, 2020 by Routledge
262 Pages

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Book Description

This volume examines the success of the 9/11 attacks in undermining the cherished principles of Western democracy, free speech and tolerance, which were central to US values. It is argued that this has led to the USA fighting disastrous wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and to sanctioning the use of torture and imprisonment without trial in Guantánamo Bay, extraordinary rendition, surveillance and drone attacks. At home, it has resulted in restrictions of civil liberties and the growth of an ill-affordable military and security apparatus. In this collection the authors note the irony that the shocking destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11 should become the justification for the relentless expansion of security agencies. Yet, this is a salutary illustration of how the security agencies in the USA have adopted faulty preconceptions, which have become too embedded within the institution to be abandoned without loss of credibility and prestige.

The book presents a timely assessment of both the human rights costs of the ‘war on terror’ and the methods used to wage and relentlessly continue that war. It will be of interest to researchers, academics, practitioners and students in the fields of human rights law, criminal justice, criminology, politics and international studies.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: The 'Netanyahu Doctrine', The National Security Strategy of the United States of America, and the invasion of Iraq - Victor Kattan

Chapter Two: United States Legal and Policy Approaches in the Global War on Terror - Milena Sterio

Chapter Three: Guantanamo: A Well-studied Trunk - Joe Margulies

Chapter Four: Experimentative Counter-Terrorism Strategies After 9/11: Limitations of Military Responses to Terrorism and Violent Extremism - Martin Ewi

Chapter Five: Interpreting - Again - the Prohibition of Torture - Stephen Ellmann

Chapter Six: Rendition in Extraordinary Times - Margaret L. Satterthwaite and Alexandra M. Zetes

Chapter Seven: The US Torture of Detainees in Black Sites: A Lesson from Great Britain? - Satvinder S. Juss

Chapter Eight: Litigation Across Borders: Enforcing Human Rights in Transnational Counterterrorism Operations - Jonathan Hafetz

Chapter Nine: Groups and the War on Terror - Steven R. Morrison and Annique M. Lockhard

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Satvinder Singh Juss, PhD (Cantab), FRSA, is a Professor of Law at King’s College London, a barrister-at-law practising from 3 Hare Court, Temple, London, and a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal (IAC) in London and Birmingham. He is a former Human Rights Fellow at Harvard Law School, Boston.