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Conference Torture by Non-State Actors: Rationale(s), Legal Frameworks and Implications

The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, in collaboration with the ESIL Interest Group on International Criminal Justice and the Journal of International Criminal Justice (JICJ, OUP), is pleased to invite public international scholars, students and practitioners to attend a conference that will take place online on 30 March 2021 (12h00-13h45 CET) with the title “Torture by Non-State Actors: Rationale(s), Legal Frameworks and Implications”.

The event intends to revive the question of ‘whose’ acts may amount to acts of torture under the UN Convention against Torture and, more broadly, under international and transnational law relating to the prohibition, prevention and repression of this crime, on the basis of ‘which rationales’ and with ‘what wider implications’. Current developments in domestic and transnational settings push us to reassess the reach of the concept of torture against unprecedented factual scenarios. 

Dr Le Moli and Dr Lo Giacco, Chair and Co-Chair of the Interest Group on International Criminal Justice and both Assistant Professors at Leiden University, will introduce the conference. Prof. Salvatore Zappalà, the Editor-in-Chief of the JICJ, will deliver the opening address and will be followed by a distinguished list of panelists and experts in the field, from both practice (Dr Tatyana Eatwell and Steven Powles QC, Doughty Street Chambers; Emilie Pottle, Temple Garden Chambers) and academia (Prof. Cheah Wui Ling, NUS; Prof. Clapham, IHEID; Prof. Gaeta, IHEID; and Prof. Nowak, University of Vienna). 

Practical information

The programme of the event

Please find here the zoom link to join the webinar

To register to the conference, please send a short email to Ms Raghavi Viswanath at esiligicj@gmail.com providing name, last name and institution, by 29 March 2021 (18h00).


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