‘International Institutions: Laws, Rule-Making/Interpretation & Compliance eJournal’ publishes our talk on “Torture and International Law”

Today the International Institutions: Law, Rule-Making/Interpretation & Compliance eJournal published our presentation on “Torture & International Law” (Legal and psychological perspectives). This introductory lecture presented the key debate ‘privacy v security’ in light of the case as it were for Guantanamo Bay in the early 00s. The aim of the lecture was twofold. First, the lecture provides the legal context facing PoWs as is norm and international convention. Second, the lecture provides insights into how contemporary detainee human rights issues may be beyond both norm understanding and jurisdiction, and that the complexities encountered present psycho-legal issues for Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in addition to initial legal parameters.


An overview of the following legal frameworks for understanding detainee rights in times of conflict are critically presented:

1. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (psychological and legal perspectives)
2. The Geneva Convention
3. Defending Rights after 9/11
4. Liberty vs Security: Guantanamo Bay
5. Evaluating Contemporary Perspectives on Torture and International Law
6. Discussion: Legal and Psychological Perspectives

You can download the lecture slides from the Social Science Research Network eLibrary at:

Cowley, M. (2017). Torture and International Law (presentation slides). International Institutions: Laws, Rule-Making/Interpretation, & Compliance eJournal, Vol.4, Issue 32: July 20th 2017.

Posted on 20th July 2017, by Michelle B. Cowley PGDipStat BA DPhil – RSS Fellow


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