Torture and Its Definition In International Law: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Paperback | September 26, 2017

EditorMetin Basoglu

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This book presents an interdisciplinary approach to definition of torture by bringing together behavioral science and international law perspectives on torture. It is a collaborative effort by a group of prominent scholars of behavioral sciences, international law, human rights, and publichealth with internationally recognized expertise and authority in their field. It represents a first ever attempt to explore the scientific basis of legal understanding of torture and inform international law on various definitional issues by proposing a sound theory- and empirical-evidence-basedpsychological formulation of torture. Drawing on scientific evidence from the editor's 30 years of systematic research on torture, it proposes a learning theory formulation of torture based on the concept of helplessness under the control of others and offers an assessment methodology that canreduce the element of subjectivity in legal judgments in individual cases. It also demonstrates how this formulation can help understand the nature and severity of ill-treatments in different contexts, such as domestic violence and adverse conditions of penal confinement. Through a learning theory analysis of "enhanced interrogation techniques," it demonstrates not only why these techniques constitute torture but also how they help us understand the contextual defining characteristic of torture in general. The proposed formulation implies a broader concept of torturethan previously understood, provides scientific and moral justification for the evolving trends in international law towards a broader coverage of ill-treatments in contexts beyond official custody and points to new directions of expansion of the concept. With a focus on the concepts of shame andhumiliation and their evolutionary origin, the book explains why inhuman or degrading treatments can cause as much pain or suffering as physical torture. Although treatment issues are not covered, the book sheds light on potentially effective treatment approaches by offering important insights intopsychology of torture.

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This book presents an interdisciplinary approach to definition of torture by bringing together behavioral science and international law perspectives on torture. It is a collaborative effort by a group of prominent scholars of behavioral sciences, international law, human rights, and publichealth with internationally recognized expertis...

Metin Basoglu, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, is founder and currently co-director of Istanbul Center for Behavior Research and Therapy (DABATEM) in Turkey. He has conducted extensive research on war, torture, and earthquake trauma and treatment of survivors. He is internationally recognized as one of the most prominent authorit...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 26, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199374625

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