Gender, National Security and Counter-terrorism: Human Rights Perspectives

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Margaret L. Satterthwaite, Jayne C. Huckerby
Routledge, 2013 - Law - 272 pages
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In the name of fighting terrorism, countries have been invaded; wars have been waged; people have been detained, rendered and tortured; and campaigns for "hearts and minds" have been unleashed. Human rights analyses of the counter-terrorism measures implemented in the aftermath of 11 September 2001 have assumed that men suffer the most—both numerically and in terms of the nature of rights violations endured. This assumption has obscured the ways that women, men, and sexual minorities experience counter-terrorism. By integrating gender into a human rights analysis of counter-terrorism—and human rights into a gendered analysis of counter-terrorism—this volume aims to reverse this trend. Through this variegated human rights lens, the authors in this volume identify the spectrum and nature of rights violations arising in the context of gendered counter-terrorism and national security practices. Introduced with a foreword by Martin Scheinin, former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism, the volume examines a wide range of gendered impacts of counter-terrorism measures that have not been theorized in the leading texts on terrorism, counter-terrorism, national security, and human rights.


Gender, National Security and Counter-Terrorism will be of particular interest to scholars and students in the disciplines of Law, Security Studies and Gender Studies.


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Margaret Satterthwaite is Professor of Clinical Law and Faculty Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law. Her scholarly publications focus on human rights and counter-terrorism, economic and social rights, and empirical methods in human rights.

Jayne Huckerby is a human rights consultant with U.N. Women and former Research Director and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law. She is a legal expert on gender and constitutional reform, gender and counter-terrorism, anti-trafficking, gender budget initiatives, and violence against women.

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