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The Long Road to Closing Guantanamo: Action, Accountability and Justice

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Title: The Long Road to Closing Guantanamo
Subtitle: Action, Accountability and Justice
Subject Classification: War and Conflict, Human Rights, Law and Legal Ethics, Politics and Government 
BIC Classification: GTJ, LA, JPVH
BISAC Classification: POL035010, LAW009000, SOC031000
Binding: Hardback, ebook, pp.(to be confirmed)
Planned Publication date: April 2025
ISBN (Hardback): 978-1-80441-668-6
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-80441-669-3


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This important new book analyses the legal, political, and moral entanglement caused by the US in creating an extra-legal basis for pursuing its perceived or alleged enemies after the 9/11 attack, and on how this entanglement might be resolved.  After more than two decades, the Guantanamo Bay detention facility remains a stain on the reputation of both the US and its allies, a symbol of the violation of the rule of law, of torture, and ongoing inhumane treatment.

With contributions from academics, lawyers, investigative journalists and campaigners, the book starts by setting out the moral and policy issues raised by the detention facility and the history of its setting in Cuba.  The second section explores the steps taken by US authorities to undermine the rule of law and accountability of all those involved. It also discusses intersectionality and marginalised and targeted groups. The third part of the book evaluates different approaches to closing Guantanamo Bay and towards restorative justice.  The fourth section addresses the strategies of the network of lawyers, campaigners and other practitioners who have sought over years to get the detention facility closed.  The book concludes with resources and materials for guiding those interested in closure and transitional justice.

It is one of the very few substantive academic studies of the Guantanamo Bay facility in the last ten years, and an important reminder of its largely unresolved issues.


Editors: Richard Kotter is an Assistant Professor, Northumbria University; Sara Birch is a Senior Lecturer, University of Brighton; Andy Worthington is an Investigative Journalist,  Author and Campaigner, based in London; and Hugh Sandeman is Visiting Senior Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.


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