'A Monstrous Failure of Justice'? Guantanamo Bay and National Security Challenges to Fundamental Human Rights

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Abstract

This article considers challenges to the existing international human rights regime in the post-9/11 era. It uses an interdisciplinary approach that brings together issues of politics and law by focussing on international legal provisions and setting them into the context of International Relations theory. The article examines the establishment of Guantanamo Bay as a detention centre for suspected terrorists captured in the 'war on terror' and focuses on violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in the name of national security. This article demonstrates that the wrangling over Guantanamo Bay is an important illustration of the complex interaction between interests and norms as well as law and politics in US policy making. The starting point is that politics and law are linked and cannot be seen in isolation from each other; the question that then arises is what kind of politics law can maintain. International Politics (2010) 47, 680-697. doi: 10.1057/ip.2010.25

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)680-697
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Politics
Volume47
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

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