Balancing Security and Human Rights: Post 9/11 Reactions in the United States and Europe

  • Chiara Giorgetti


The acts of 11 September 2001 demonstrated how vulnerable civilians are, in any part of the world, to terrorist attacks. This awareness led to a determined response by the international community to fight international terrorism in all its forms. As governments and international organisations alike re-evaluated the effectiveness and appropriateness of their counter-terrorist measures, the challenge emerged of conducting the fight against terrorism while respecting human rights and civil liberties. In fact, the wide consensus that actions are necessary to confront terrorism does not undermine the necessity to balance human rights considerations and preserve the democratic process.


Security Council Civil Liberty Foreign National Arrest Warrant United Nations Security Council 
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Notes and references

  1. 3.
    See Peter J. van Krieken (ed.), Terrorism and the International Legal Order (Cambridge University Press, 2002).Google Scholar
  2. 8.
    For example, see David Cole and James X. Dempsey, Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security (New York: The New Press, 2002), p. 151;Google Scholar
  3. and W. McCormak, ‘Patriot, privacy and politics’, in Houston Lawyer (January/February 2004).Google Scholar
  4. 28.
    International Commission of Jurists, Terrorism and Human Rights (Geneva: Abrax, 2002), pp. 248–9.Google Scholar
  5. 37.
    For an in-depth analysis of actions taken by the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament, see ‘Chapter 6: Europe’ in Peter J. van Krieken (ed.), Terrorism and the International Legal Order (The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press. 2002).Google Scholar
  6. 45.
    C. Walker, Blackstone’s Guide to the Anti-Terrorism Legislation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), p. 10.Google Scholar

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