Beth Van Schaack, Ronald C. Slye, INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW & ITS ENFORCEMENT, Foundation Press, 2010
61 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2009 Last revised: 9 Nov 2021
Date Written: September 16, 2009
This chapter, to appear in the 2nd edition of Beth Van Schaack & Ron Slye's International Criminal Law & Its Enforcement (Foundation Press 2010), covers the crime of torture under international criminal law. It begins with a doctrinal discussion of the elements of torture as elucidated in the international criminal law jurisprudence with a focus on cases concerning gender-based violence and sex crimes. It then enables a comparison of this established doctrine with the "torture memos" produced during the administration of President Bush. Using a rich set of Notes, Questions and Problems, the chapter offers a compelling tool for teaching about torture.
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