NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR’S REVIEW ESSAY CONSIDERS POST-9/11 INTERNATIONAL LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS DISCOURSE

November 14, 2006

HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, considers international law and human rights discourse in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States and the subsequent global war on terrorism in a review essay published this week by Human Rights & Human Welfare.

Taking as his point of departure Professor Antony Anghie’s recent contribution to the Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law Series, Imperialism, Sovereignty, and the Making of International Law, Dr. Pham’s fourteen page essay argues that “while powerful states can still co-opt human rights and international law and despite the rhetorical difficulties contained therein, the spread of the modern human rights movement has not been without its salutary normative influence,” holding out the hope that “somehow, over the din of Machtpolitik and war, the right pitch might actually be found to harmonize humanity’s aspirations for dignity, right, and peace under the rule of law.”

Human Rights & Human Welfare is a peer-reviewed journal founded by human rights scholar Dr. Jack Donnelly and currently published by the Graduate School of International Studies of the University of Denver for the International Human Rights Consortium, a group consisting of the Human Rights Center of the University of California-Berkeley; the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex; the Human Rights Program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information; the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs of Carleton University; the Faculty of Law of the University of Utrecht; and the Center for Development Research of the Friedrich-Wilhelm University of Bonn. Dr. Pham has been a member of the journal’s Editorial Review Board since 2004.

Dr. Pham’s review essay, “Beyond Power Politics: International Law and Human Rights Discourse in the Post-9/11 World,” is available online by clicking here.