Abuse of the Convention Against Torture: A Tortured Reading of the Law
26 Pages Posted: 29 May 2014
Date Written: May 20, 2014
In this piece, the author argues that the UN's Committee Against Torture abused its authority when it called the Holy See (the Vatican) and suggested that individual cases of rape or sex abuse by Catholic priests constituted torture under the Convention Against Torture. The author uses traditional criminal law analysis, defendants' rights, and international law precedent to show that the Committee Against Torture's reading is improper.
Keywords: Torture, Rape, Convention Against Torture, Committee Against Torture, Holy See, Vatican
JEL Classification: K14, K33
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