Tackling Torture

Prevention in Practice

By Malcolm Evans

Published

Sep 1, 2023

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529225693

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Sep 1, 2023

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529225686

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Sep 1, 2023

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529225709

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Tackling Torture

In this vitally important work, Malcolm Evans tells the story of torture prevention under international law, setting out what is really taking place in places of detention around the world. Challenging assumptions about torture’s root causes, he calls for what is needed to enable us to be in a better position to bring about change.

The author draws on over ten years’ experience as the Chair of the United Nations Sub-Committee for Prevention of Torture to give a frank account of the remarkable capacities of this system, what it has achieved in practice, what it has not been able to achieve – and most importantly, why.

Professor Sir Malcolm Evans, KCMG, OBE, FLSW is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Bristol and was Chair of the United Nations Sub-Committee for Prevention of Torture from 2011 to 2020. In 2015, he was appointed KCMG for services to the prevention of torture and the promotion of religious liberty, having previously been awarded the OBE in 2004.

Introduction

Part 1: The Solutions

1. What is Torture?

2. Why Prevention?

3. Establishing the OPCAT

4. The Subcommittee for Prevention of Torture

5. National Preventive Mechanisms

6. Visiting Places of Detention – from theory to practice

Part 2: The Problems

7. Accepting the unacceptable

8. Excusing the inexcusable

9. Prescribing the impossible

10. Working with Fictions

11. The UN and the ‘Game of States’

12. What will it take to prevent torture and ill-treatment?

Conclusion