in ‘War on terror’


The lectures on which this book is based were given in Oxford in 2006. I should like to thank the lecturers – Khaled Abou El Fadl, Joanna Bourke, Conor Gearty, Jeff McMahan, Bat-Ami Bar On, Thomas Pogge and Ahdaf Soueif – for coming to Oxford to speak and for giving us permission to publish their lectures in aid of Amnesty International. I am also very grateful to Michael Byers for writing a contribution without lecturing and to Afifi al-Akiti for permitting the inclusion of his fatwa and Gibril F. Haddad for his introduction and taqriz and glossary to the fatwa and to both for their assistance in stylistic revision. I should also like to express my gratitude to the respondents – Afifi al-Akiti, Elleke Boehmer, Thomas Dublin, Sandra Fredman, H.A. Hellyer, Dino Kritsiotis, David Miller, Avner Offer and David Rodin – for their contributions to this volume. All of the contributors have been most generous in dealing with my queries, comments and editing; my contact with them has been a pleasure and a privilege. My thanks also to Wes Williams, Kate Tunstall and Nick Owen for reading and criticizing the introduction and to Khaled Abou El Fadl and Cathryn Costello for expert advice. Remaining errors are my own.

The organizing of the lectures was, as always, a collective venture. The members of the organizing committee for OAL 2006 were Tim Chesters, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Miller, Nick Owen, Fabienne Pagnier, Deana Rankin, Richard Scholar, Stephen Shute, Kate Tunstall, Katrin Wehling and Wes Williams.

‘War on terror’

The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2006

Editor: Chris Miller


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