Book Symposium - Human Rights in Times of Transition: Liberal Democracy and the Challenge of National Security

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar


This timely book explores the extent to which national security has affected the intersection between human rights and the exercise of state power. It examines how liberal democracies, long viewed as the proponents and protectors of human rights, have transformed their use of human rights on the global stage, externalising their own internal agendas.

Contextualising human rights goals, structures and challenges in the immediate post-UDHR era, key chapters analyse the role that national security has played in driving competition between individual rights and rhetoric-laden, democracy-reinforcing approaches to collective rights of security. Internationally diverse authors offer evocative insights into the ways in which law is used to manipulate both intra and interstate relationships, and demonstrate the constant tensions raised by a human rights system that is fundamentally state-centric though defined by individuals’ needs and demands. Acknowledging the challenges in contemporary human rights practice, policy and discourse as features of transitional eras in human rights, this forward-thinking book identifies opportunities to correct past inadequacies and promote a stronger system for the future.
Period9 Jun 2022
Event typeSymposium
LocationEdinburghShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • Human Rights
  • Liberal Democracy
  • National Security
  • Book Symposium