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Human Dignity and Human Security in Times of Terrorism

December 2019 Editor: Dr Christophe Paulussen, T.M.C. Asser Instituut, The Hague, The Netherlands
Editor: Prof Martin Scheinin, Department of Law, European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy



  • Published: December 2019
  • Pages: xvi + 371 pp.
  • Publisher: T.M.C. ASSER PRESS
  • Distributor: Springer

In this book, it is explained that despite a current drop in the number of deaths, terrorism should still be considered a serious and widespread problem. However, the responses to this phenomenon are often more problematic from a long-term perspective. With the human rights framework under serious pressure, this edited volume offers a timely, important and critical in-depth analysis of human dignity and human security challenges in the lead-up, and in the responses, to current forms of terrorism. It aims to map how human dignity and human security can be secured and how law can constitute a source of trust at a time when Europe and the rest of the world continue to be plagued by terrorism.

The authors are both established names and upcoming talent in this fast-changing and exciting field of law. They thoroughly analyse a variety of topical subjects, in more conceptual chapters—for example calling for the humanisation of the security discourse—and in highly practical contributions, in which for instance the Kafkaesque situation in which rendition and torture victim Abu Zubaydah still finds himself today is considered.

This book, which focuses on, but is not limited to the situation in Western countries, aims to inspire not only academics—through further theorisation on the sometimes elusive but important concepts of human dignity and human security—but also practitioners working in the field of countering terrorism. It will hopefully convince them (even more) that following a human rights approach will be indispensable in securing human dignity and human security for all. Even—or in fact: especially—in times of terrorism.

Christophe Paulussen is a Senior Researcher in the Research Department of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague, The Netherlands and Martin Scheinin is Professor of International Law and Human Rights in the Department of Law of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy.

Specific to this book:

  • Highly topical content
  • Contributions by distinguished experts
  • Coverage of a wide variety of topics

With a foreword by Professor Kim Lane Scheppele, Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School and University Center for Human Values, Princeton University, and Chair, Working Group on Constitutional Responses to Terrorism, International Association of Constitutional Law, Princeton, United States.

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