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25 February

Torture: Current Issues

David Holiday, Ph. D., Jackon Center Ethics Fellow 

Johnson Auditorium, Wall Building, Room 116

4:00 p.m.

Torture is a paradigmatic violation of human dignity and autonomy, and thus is abhorrent to modern democratic society. It is also strictly

prohibited in international law. Nonetheless, the practice has proved extremely difficult to stamp out. Holiday will discuss, among other

things, what torture is, as a moral and political phenomenon; where, why and how it happens; the prohibitions on torture in human

rights law and the laws of war; and some pressing current issues in the fight to finally and fully eradicate torture from the world.