Abuse of the Convention Against Torture: A Tortured Reading of the Law

26 Pages Posted: 29 May 2014

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Ronald J. Rychlak

University of Mississippi, School of Law; Ave Maria Law School

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

Suggested Citation

Rychlak, Ronald J., Abuse of the Convention Against Torture: A Tortured Reading of the Law (May 20, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2439283 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2439283

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