Counter-terrorism and Human Rights at the United Nations Security Council: Revisiting Hegemonic International Law

What explains the key features of the process unleashed by the adoption of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1373 on the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks?

This talk addresses this focal question through the lens of Hegemonic International Law (HIL) in the context of attempts by the US to shape the development of multilateral responses to terrorism. By using process tracing and content analysis, it critically examines the 1373 process and, in particular, member states’ reports submitted to the UNSC’s Counter-terrorism Committee (CTC) during the 2001-2006 period, and seeks to determine the main factors that influenced its direction and could account for the human rights deficit exhibited in the policies and practices adopted under its auspices.

George Andreopoulos is Professor of Political Science and Criminal Justice, City University of New York and the founding Director of the Center for International Human Rights at John Jay College. He has written extensively on international organizations, international human rights, and international humanitarian law issues. Over the years, he has participated in several human rights missions and has been a consultant for international organizations and NGOs. He is President of the Interdisciplinary Studies Section (IDSS) of the International Studies Association (ISA) and past President of the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). He is the recipient of many grants and fellowships, including the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Alexander Onassis Foundation and the German Research Foundation. He is currently completing a book on the United Nations Security Council and Counter-Terrorism.

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