Human rights perfectionism and the UK’s counter-terrorist prevent duty

Steven Greer*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Regrettably, complaints about human rights violation are not always free from myth, misconception, misunderstanding, misinformation or muddled thinking, a problem graphically illustrated by the current campaign against the UK’s counter-terrorist ‘Prevent duty’. This article maintains that, in order to avoid such difficulties, human rights scholars and activists need to develop a more consistent commitment to ‘human rights realism’, the broad characteristics of which are outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-226
Number of pages10
JournalIrish Studies in International Affairs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Human rights, counter-terrorism, Prevent


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