In this Article, Professor Brower suggests that the images depicting inhuman treatment of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison contain timely lessons about the function and the importance of legal personality. To illustrate this thesis, the Author first identifies animals as a population condemned to an existence bereft of the protections that accompany legal personality. Next, the Author describes the chilling similarities between the treatment of animals and the treatment of prisoners in Iraq and in the so-called "Global War on Terror." Finally, the Author discusses three potential lessons for a nation widely perceived to have retreated from its commitment to the rule of law.
Human Rights Law | International Humanitarian Law | National Security Law
Brower II, Charles Hendrickson. The Lives of Animals, the Lives of Prisoners and the Revelations of Abu Ghraib. 37 Vand. J. Transnat'l L. 1353, 1388 (2004)