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Research Handbook on Torture: Legal and Medical Perspectives on Prohibition and Prevention

Edited by: Malcolm D. Evans, Jens Modvig

ISBN13: 9781788113953
Published: December 2020
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £239.00

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This Research Handbook is of great importance in an era where torture, whilst universally condemned, remains endemic. It explores the nature of the international prohibition of torture and the various means and mechanisms which have been put in place by the international community in an attempt to make that prohibition a reality. Edited by Chairs of the UN Committee against Torture and of the UN Subcommittee for Prevention of Torture, this Research Handbook considers both the legal and medical dimensions of torture, as well as societal and philosophical perspectives. Contributions from experts with personal experience of working with torture victims and survivors in medical, legal and political settings survey practice within the UN and regional human rights systems, international criminal and domestic legal settings, and in medical and > rehabilitative contexts.

These expert perspectives combine to offer a unique range of insights into the realities of tackling torture in the contemporary world. Critical and timely, the Research Handbook on Torture will prove compulsive reading for students and scholars of human rights. Its practical dimension will also engage practitioners in the field, as well as legal and medical professionals working on torture-related issues.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
1. Addressing Torture: An Introduction
Malcolm Evans and Jens Modvig
2. The Ticking Bomb Scenario: Evaluating Torture as an Interrogation Method
Michelle Farrell
3. Effective Torture Prevention
Richard Carver and Lisa Handley
4. Fragility, States and Torture
Tobias Kelly, Steffen Jensen and Morten Koch Andersen
5. An Overview of International Protection
Moritz Birk and Manfred Nowak
6. Torture and ill treatment: The United Nations Human Rights Committee
Christof Heyns, Carmen Rueda and Daniel du Plessis
7. The Committee Against Torture: Implementing the Prohibition against Torture
Felice Gaer
8. The Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Torture: Role, Contributions, and Impact
Juan E. Méndez and Andra Nicolescu
9. The Council of Europe and the European System
Christine Bicknell
10. The prohibition of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in the Inter-American Human Rights System: Systems, Methods and Recent Trends
Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón
11. Ensuring Freedom from Torture under the African Human Rights System
Lawrence Murugu Mute
12. The Prevention of Torture
Malcolm D. Evans
13. International Law, Crime and Torture
Robert Cryer
14. The use of information obtained by torture or other ill-treatment
Matt Pollard
15. Torture and Non Refoulement
Carla Ferstman
16. Universal and Extraterritorial Jurisdiction for Torture
Lutz Oette
17. Foreign State Immunities as a Barrier to Accessing Remedies
Lorna McGregor
18. Torture and International Medical Ethics Standards
Vivienne Nathanson
19. Torture Methods and their Health Impact
José Quiroga and Jens Modvig
20. Psychological Torture
Pau Pérez-Sales
21. Medico-Legal Documentation of Torture and Ill Treatment
Vincent Iacopino
22. Rehabilitation in Article 14 of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
Nora Sveaass, Felice Gaer, and Claudio Grossman
23. Psychological care for torture survivors, their families and communities
Nimisha Patel
24. Treating pain after torture
Kirstine Amris, Lester E Jones and Amanda Williams
25. Perspectives: A Series of Reflections on the Current Realities of Torture and Ill-Treatment
(A) Torture in the 21st Century: 3 stories, 3 lessons
Yuval Ginbar
(B) Torture Today
Tom Porteous
(C) Some Reflections on Torture Prevention
Barbara Bernath