Human Rights in Times of Transition: Liberal Democracies and the Challenges of National Security

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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, externalizing 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.

This is a hard-hitting and much needed study for students and scholars of human rights, security law, constitutional law and international relations more widely. Its practical dimensions will also greatly benefit practitioners in the field.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages264
ISBN (Electronic)9781789909890
ISBN (Print)9781789909883
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2020
EventAssociation of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI): Renewing Rights in Times of Transition: 70 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Sept 20188 Sept 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Human Rights
  • Liberal Democracy
  • National Security
  • rhetoric
  • counterterrorism


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