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This book traces the origins of the term civil liberties, unpicking its various layers of meaning and explaining what it has come to mean today.
Gearty argues that the protection of civil liberties is a vital front in the struggle to preserve political freedom and that a proper understanding of and commitment to civil liberties has never been more important.
Civil Liberties provides a fresh, clear, and stimulating approach to civil liberties by tying the law andpractice of the subject firmly to democratic and political rights.
The author examines the key civil liberties of our democratic age: the right to vote; the rights to life, liberty and security of the person; the freedoms of thought, conscience, expression, association and assembly; the prohibition ontorture and inhuman and degrading treatment; and discusses the contemporary challenges that civil liberties face, including globalisation and the war on terror
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