ATbar Barnidge, Robert P. Jr.

Barnidge, Robert P. Jr.

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Should National Security Trump Human Rights in the Fight Against Terrorism?


It is unsurprising that the role of human rights in the counterterrorism discourse has become an issue of major concern to those broadly associated with human rights. In securing the right to life in their fight against non-State terrorists, States cannot act in a vacuum. International human rights law, involving as it does positive and negative State obligations, requires a delicate juggling act by States when fighting terrorism. 

First published in 37 Israel Yearbook on Human Rights 85 (2007), this article is republished on the ICT website with their kind permission.

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