INAF-546 International Human Rights Law and Terrorism
Spring for 2016-2017
The international campaign by intergovernmental organizations and numerous States against Al Qaeda and other non-state terrorist actors raises several critical questions for international human rights. Interdisciplinary in nature, this seminar introduces participants to related legal theories, issues and debates. The class will explore: the definition of terrorism; the role of international and intergovernmental organizations in global counter-terrorism; and the detention and treatment of suspected terrorists. We will also consider significant ongoing legal and policy debates, such as the right to privacy and mass digital surveillance; sources of violence and efficacy of current countering violent extremism paradigms; use of unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”); and employing fully autonomous weapons (also known as “killer robots”), among issues. No prior familiarity with the subject matter is required.
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