In this article, David Held argues that the history of globalisation is not purely economic: it is also the history of aspiration for international law and justice, to reinforce human life with laws, rights and responsibilities. For this reason, any justifiable response to 9/11 must be consistent with the principles of freedom, democracy and justice, as well as with the desire for security, law and the impartial administration of justice in an international society.

This article forms part of issue 12 of the IDEES magazine, “Ideas for after the war. 400 analyses of the evolution of the conflict”, published in print format between October and December 2001. The PDF article is available to download in Catalan below.

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David Held

David Held (1951-2019) va ser un sociòleg, Catedràtic de Ciència Política a la càtedra Graham Wallas de Ciències Polítiques a la London School of Economics (LSE), professor de Ciències Polítiques i Relacions Internacionals a la universitat de Durham, director de l'Institute of Global Policy i director del University College a Durham. Va ser cofundador i director de l’editorial Polity Press (1984) i editor general del Global Policy Journal. Els seus principals temes de recerca giren al voltant de l’estudi de la globalització, les formes canviants de la democràcia i les perspectives de la governança global i regional. Va escriure nombrosos articles acadèmics i més de 60 llibres, entre els quals destaquen Globalization/Anti-Globalization (2007), Cosmopolitanism: Ideals and Realities (2010), Climate Governance in the Developing World (2013) i Beyond Gridlock (2017).