n South African Journal on Human Rights - Law under stress : the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, 1980-94, and the defence of legality in the United States after 9/11




Law proved a surprisingly powerful instrument in the last years of the struggle against apartheid. It has been a disappointingly weak shield against abuses of power by the US government in its 'war on terror' since 11 September 2001. This article begins a comparison of these two contrasting experiences.


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