'The rules of the game are changing': Fundamental human rights in crisis after 9/11

Dunne, Tim (2007) 'The rules of the game are changing': Fundamental human rights in crisis after 9/11. International Politics, 44 2: 269-286. doi:10.1057/palgrave.ip.8800188

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Author Dunne, Tim
Title 'The rules of the game are changing': Fundamental human rights in crisis after 9/11
Journal name International Politics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1384-5748
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1057/palgrave.ip.8800188
Volume 44
Issue 2
Start page 269
End page 286
Total pages 18
Place of publication Hants, UK
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Is there a crisis of legitimacy in relation to fundamental human rights commitments? At one level, the human rights regime has endured legitimacy problems from the outset, in part due to the scope and complexity of the standards but also as a result of the unwillingness of states to regard human rights norms as properly binding. I argue that September 11 and the responses this event triggered in the foreign policies of leading states in international society have taken the challenge to the regime to a new level. What makes it a crisis of legitimacy is the fact that those were crucial to the emergence of the regime, and the rights that are under siege are core 'rights of the person' and not aspirational rights. The closing discussion examines the possibility for a restoration of legitimacy. Consistent with the earlier theoretical discussion, the question of whether and how the legitimacy crisis can be resolved requires a differential response, depending on the site of the crisis, and the location of the audience. The concepts of international and world society provide analytical leverage in identifying both the causes of the crisis and the prospects for its resolution.

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