Security, Transnational Law and Emotions. The History of the Transnational Anti-Torture Regime from the Enlightenment to the 1984 United Nations Convention Against Torture

Karl Härter, Tina Hannappel, Conrad Tyrichter (eds.), The Transnationalisation of Criminal Law and Security in the 19th and 20th Century: Crimes, Instruments, Regimes and Normative Orders (Studien zu Policey, Kriminalitätsgeschichte und Konfliktregulierung, 2018, Forthcoming)

Max Planck Institute for European Legal History Research Paper Series No. 2018-01

21 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2018 Last revised: 15 Feb 2020

Date Written: January 2, 2018

Abstract

This article provides an overview of the emergence and persistence of the transnational anti-torture regime from the EnIightenment to the 1984 United Nations Convention Against Torture (CAT). To this end, it discusses the complex relations between torture, security, emotions and (international) law by combining different approaches from security studies, law and emotions research. The first part of the article depicts the relations between torture and security by means of a chronological sketch. The second part analyses how and to what extent the prohibition of torture was translated into (inter)national legal regulations. The third and final part examines the significance of emotions, notably disgust, in the transnational anti-torture consensus.

Keywords: Torture, Security, Disgust, 1984 CAT

Suggested Citation

Kesper-Biermann, Sylvia, Security, Transnational Law and Emotions. The History of the Transnational Anti-Torture Regime from the Enlightenment to the 1984 United Nations Convention Against Torture (January 2, 2018). Karl Härter, Tina Hannappel, Conrad Tyrichter (eds.), The Transnationalisation of Criminal Law and Security in the 19th and 20th Century: Crimes, Instruments, Regimes and Normative Orders (Studien zu Policey, Kriminalitätsgeschichte und Konfliktregulierung, 2018, Forthcoming), Max Planck Institute for European Legal History Research Paper Series No. 2018-01, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3096470

Sylvia Kesper-Biermann (Contact Author)

University of Hamburg ( email )

Allende-Platz 1
Hamburg, 20146
Germany

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