Interrogation and torture: Science, law and morality

December 10, 2019

As part of Human Rights Day 2019, the Association for the Prevention of Torture will participate in a conference on ‘Interrogation and Torture’ at the University of Geneva. The conference forms part of the launch of a book (Interrogation and Torture: Integrating Efficacy with Law and Morality) that represents the culmination of a research project on the same subject, published by Oxford University Press. The book features a contribution by the APT’s Secretary General, Barbara Bernath and Mark Thomson, entitled “Prevention: What works,” and a contribution by the Andra Nicolescu, the APT's Legal and Advocacy Advisor, with Juan Mendez.

The conference will include a testimony from Sami El-Hadj, Manager of Public Liberties and Human Rights Department at Al-Jazeera Network and a torture survivor, a presentation of the main outcomes of the book, a keynote speech by Nils Melzer, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and a panel discussion on the use of rapport-based interrogration as a solution.

Uni Mail, Room MR290

10 December, 16h15 - 20h00

Free entry

The conference is supported by the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, FNS - Swiss National Science Foundation, Conférence Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale, Global Studies Institute and the Commission administrative du Rectorat. 

Find the event programme see here. You can also download the event flyer or contact Steven Barela for more information.