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    Drug prohibition and the end of human rights: race, “Evil,” and the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961

    Koram, Kojo (2019) Drug prohibition and the end of human rights: race, “Evil,” and the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961. In: Wilson, Susannah (ed.) Prohibitions and Psychoactive Substances in History, Culture and Theory. London, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9780367257637.

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    Abstract

    ‘Addiction to narcotic drugs constitutes a serious evil for the individual and […] social and economic danger to mankind […] to prevent and combat this evil, [the parties agree upon […] coordinated and universal action.’ (The United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961, Preamble.) International law is posited as marking the transfer from the religious to the secular. This professed disenchantment of law is troubled by the explicit reference to ‘evil’ within the international laws prohibiting drugs. To explore what is meant by ‘evil’ for secular international law, I will revisit the theological tradition of accounting for the evidential problem of evil within God’s omnipotence. These theoretical claims cast new light upon the above reference to ‘evil.’ In this paper, I argue that the reference to ‘evil’ in the international legal treaty prohibiting drugs betrays ‘a theodicy of modernity.’

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    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge.
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Law
    Depositing User: Kojo Koram
    Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2019 12:37
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2019 18:47
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/25626

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