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Human Rights and Non-discrimination in the 'War on Terror'$
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Daniel Moeckli

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239801

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239801.001.0001

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Introduction: Liberty and Security in an Age of (Counter-)Terrorism

Introduction: Liberty and Security in an Age of (Counter-)Terrorism

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Liberty and Security in an Age of (Counter-)Terrorism
Human Rights and Non-discrimination in the 'War on Terror'

Moeckli Daniel

Oxford University Press

According to the dominant discourse, the key challenge for liberal democracies when fighting terrorism is to find the right balance between liberty and security. This chapter argues that the image of balance is misleading because it is based on overly abstract and simplistic conceptions of liberty, security, and the relationship between the two. In particular, the balancing language is based on a generalising notion of liberty: it suggests that everyone's human rights are equally affected by a rebalancing in favour of security. The aim of this book is to examine whether this suggestion holds true and to determine how far an unequal distribution of liberty is compatible with the human right to non-discrimination. The chapter also explains the scope of the book and its structure.

Keywords:   balance, human rights, scope of research, book structure

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