The Effectiveness of International Law: Torture and Counterterrorism

Anwukah, Ogechi Joy (2016) The Effectiveness of International Law: Torture and Counterterrorism. Annual Survey of International and Comparative Law, 21 (1).

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This paper sets out to address the following question: to what extent has international law effectively curtailed the practice of torture in a democratic society within the context of the ‘war against terror’? This paper will first provide an overview of the current regime of international law prohibiting torture. Next, this paper will discuss the absolute ban on torture and violations that have occurred in the name of the ‘war against terror.’ This paper will then address the consequences of the use of torture as a counterterrorism measure. Finally, this paper will critically analyze the effectiveness of international law on addressing torture. This paper will ultimately conclude on the topic and offer recommendations.

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