This week’s essay is on a subject, or subjects, very close to my heart. I wrote my first book with Keith Ewing on Civil Liberties or human rights, I suppose, in 1990. And a year later, I wrote my first book on terrorism.
Throughout my academic career, the two subjects– human rights and terrorism – have been intertwined. In my work, in my speeches, and in what I’ve been trying to do in regards influence on policy.
Of course, since 11th September, these two have come together, and have dominated much of our political discourse. This week’s track is thinking through the inter-relationship between counter-terrorism law and human rights – trying to analyse what the idea of human rights brings to the debate about how much national security law a liberal, democratic society can afford to have before it can no longer call itself “liberal”.