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Volume 24, No. 1



  • The Politics of Global Legalism and Human Security
    Antonio Franceschet

    This article argues that human security discourses and initiatives are made intelligible
    by the politics of applying legalism to global politics. Human security projects like the
    International Criminal Court, the Ottawa Treaty on landmines, and coercive interventions
    like Kosovo are shaped, mobilised, but also limited and constrained by the wider
    problematic of the legal constitution of global politics. Although human security has
    been the justification for efforts to liberalise and humanise politics through law, it
    has also been associated with exceptionalistic and non-universal legal relationships
    that reinforce the interests of the most dominant actors in global politics. As a result,
    human security runs the danger of becoming an instrument of hegemony. Nonetheless,
    the article also argues that there are always progressive political openings in
    the politics of a global rule of law that can facilitate a wider conception of human
    security than has been pursued since the mid-1990s.

  • The “Securitisation” of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Critical Feminist Lens
    Colleen O’Manique

    This paper offers an account of how the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Sub-Saharan
    Africa (SSA) is understood as a threat to security, placing the various accounts of
    the securitisation of AIDS in the