This volume expands our understanding of the pursuit of human rights during the era of the War on Terror. The threat to human rights both in the United States and among detainees in US-governed detention facilities created a widely perceived crisis in human rights. This text explores the broad and complicated ramifications of crisis by looking comparatively at societies in the present era and looking back at the historical and legal foundations of human rights. Human Rights in Crisis contains an element of hope derived from a conviction that the pursuit of human rights happens on many fronts and in many ways around the globe; that a retreat from human rights in the United States does not necessarily signal a global retreat. The essays here include perspectives from History, Anthropology, and Legal Studies, with a resulting interdisciplinary portrait of the complexities of pursuing human rights in wartime.

chapter |6 pages


ByAlice Bullard

part I|26 pages

The Post-9/11 Climate

chapter 2|8 pages

Human Rights Advocates in the Post-9/11 Era

ByAshley Barr

part II|51 pages

Defining Human Rights in an Era of Controversy

part III|60 pages

Pursuing Human Rights and Prosecuting Violators

chapter 7|18 pages

Human Trafficking and Migration

ByDina Francesca Haynes

chapter 8|16 pages

Doctors Without Borders and the Moral Economy of Pharmaceuticals

ByPeter Redfield

chapter |9 pages


ByAlice Bullard