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What Makes Torture Special? A Unique Moral Wrong and its Legal Prohibition

Posted on 07/03/2016

On 26 February 2016 Sir Nigel Rodley and Professor Henry Shue joined Professor John Tasioulas and Dr Natasha Simonsen at The Dickson Poon School of Law for a panel discussion of 'What's Special About Torture? A Unique Moral Wrong and its Legal Prohibition.'

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Addressing a packed audience in the Moot Court at Somerset House, the speakers considered whether different accounts of the moral norm could and should inform the contours of the legal prohibition of torture. The discussion that followed covered topics including: whether the legal definition of torture includes a requirement that the conduct must be perpetrated for a purpose; whether torture as a human rights violation is capable of being perpetrated by non-state actors; whether torture can ever be justified, morally or legally; and whether an excessively narrow legal definition of torture risks constraining our understanding of the moral norm. 

To see photos from this event please see The School's Flickr album.

This event was hosted by the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law.

To listen to an audio recording of this event please see below.

 

 

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