The SAGE Handbook of Human Rights will comprise a two volume set consisting of more than 50 original chapters that clarify and analyze human rights issues of both contemporary and future importance. The Handbook will take an inter-disciplinary approach, combining work in such traditional fields as law, political science and philosophy with such non-traditional subjects as climate change, demography, economics, geography, urban studies, mass communication, and business and marketing. In addition, one of the aspects of mainstreaming is the manner in which human rights has come to play a prominent role in popular culture, and there will be a section on human rights in art, film, music and literature.

Not only will the Handbook provide a state of the art analysis of the discipline that addresses the history and development of human rights standards and its movements, mechanisms and institutions, but it will seek to go beyond this and produce a book that will help lead to prospective thinking.

National Security, Counterterrorism and Human Rights: Anticipating the Real Threat of Terrorism

National Security, Counterterrorism and Human Rights: Anticipating the Real Threat of Terrorism

National security, counterterrorism and human rights: Anticipating the real threat of terrorism


Since the horrible events of 9/11, the terrorist bombings in London, Madrid and Bali, and countless terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Philippines, Nigeria, Somalia, the Middle East and elsewhere, terrorism has been labelled as a threat to peace or (national) security. Increasingly, there is also considerable debate surrounding the issue of whether acts of terrorism as committed by terrorist entities should be classified as human rights violations. This debate emphasizes the exceptionality of acts of terrorism, which is ‘… generally defined as deadly or otherwise serious violence against “citizens”, that is, members of the general population or a segment of it, ...

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