Human rights

International law's ban on torture: can a super-norm survive pervasive violations?

In December 2014 the US government released the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture, which revealed disturbing details of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program after 9.11. The report prompted some soul-searching by liberal democracies about how – and how much – torture came to be a part of state responses to terrorism in the war on terror. Torture is prohibited without exception by international law.

Human Rights Reading Group July 2015

The July session of the Human Rights Reading Group will take place in Hedley Bull Seminar Room 3 on Wednesday 15 July, at the different time of 2-3pm.

Michelle Burgis-Kasthala will be leading the discussion on Jacob Katz Cogan’s “The Regulatory Turn in International Law” (2011) 52 Harvard International Law Journal 321.

Workshop on the Rituals of Human Rights Law

This workshop invites scholars to consider the rituals and the ritualisms of human rights law.

Despite its self-characterisation as a discourse of reason whose precepts must be publicly defended and legitimated in accordance with principles known to all, the law is a domain replete with ritual – with performances, repetitions, and acts that embody power and evoke emotional responses rather than consciously reasoned acceptance.


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