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    Governing Through Human Rights in Counter-terrorism: Proofing, Problematization and Securitization

    Hamilton, Claire and Lippert, Randy K. (2020) Governing Through Human Rights in Counter-terrorism: Proofing, Problematization and Securitization. Critical Criminology, 28 (1). pp. 127-145. ISSN 1205-8629

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    Human rights are commonly regarded as the antidote to criminalization and securitization. Yet, since 9/11, at both the national and international levels, human rights law has largely accommodated the security-oriented changes deemed necessary to combat terrorism, including the use of torture and the erection of a “shadow” system of justice through the use of coercive non-trial-based measures (Gearty 2017; Hamilton 2018). In this article, we examine taken-for-granted features of modern legal adjudication and “human rights proofing” (forms of human rights protection) that dilute the restraining power of human rights law and extend security measures. Informed by a “governmental criminological” analysis of human rights in the security field, we present two case studies to illustrate these arguments. The first considers “human rights proofing” mechanisms in the United Nations counter-terrorism assemblage which, we argue, have been rendered “technical” (Sokhi-Bulley 2016) through the complexity of the structures deployed to protect rights and the forms of knowledge privileged by experts. The second case study draws on use of control orders—Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs) in the United Kingdom—and examines two governmental “techniques,” namely, the judicial “balancing test” and the European Convention on Human Rights “memos” put to parliamentary committees scrutinizing counter-terrorist legislation. At both national and international levels, how human rights are being institutionalized has affected the operation of power: we are being governed through rights (Golder 2011) in ways consistent with conditions of authoritarian liberalism (Dean 2007).

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Human Rights; Counter-terrorism; Proofing; Problematization; Securitization;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 16389
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    Depositing User: Claire Hamilton
    Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2022 09:32
    Journal or Publication Title: Critical Criminology
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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