Human Rights in Times of Terror

Upendra Baxi

in Human Rights in a Posthuman World

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780198061762
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080212 | DOI:
Human Rights in Times of Terror

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This chapter discusses human rights during times of terror. The author uses two types of wars: ‘war on terror’ and ‘war of terror’. These prefigure a new international law now in the making within the circuits of nihilism. It attempts to decipher the rhetoric and the reality of the two ‘terror wars’ that fully achieve the suspension of the ethical in the ethical obscenity of war. The chapter also looks at the destruction of the old international law, determines which war comes first, and discusses terror and human rights.

Keywords: times of terror; war on terror; war of terror; international law; nihilism; terror wars; ethical obscenity

Chapter.  14715 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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